Pre-prosthetic surgery prepares your mouth for a stable full or partial denture. Tooth loss, genetics, and other factors can all affect the shape of your mouth, and uneven gum and bone tissue can make it impossible for your denture to fit comfortably. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can alter the shape of your gums and jaw to make your denture fit securely, preventing slipping, sores, and other problems associated with poor denture fit.
Bone loss eventually starts to take place when teeth are missing for extended periods of time. This can cause the bone in your mouth to change shape or become too sparse. Dr. Shannon Davis at Atlantic Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Centre can make minor adjustments to the shape of your gums or bony ridge to ensure a comfortable and secure denture fit.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
There are a few different types of procedures that can prepare you for a secure denture fit. You may need one or more of the following procedures to alter the shape of your mouth:
- Removal of excess gum tissue
- Bony ridge reduction
- Smoothing out or reshaping the bone
- Removal of excess bone or jagged edges
- Extraction of teeth or teeth roots
Most of these procedures are performed under IV anesthesia, though some may be possible with just local anesthesia. You will have a chance to discuss your procedure and your anesthesia options with our oral surgeon before your surgery date. Usually, your oral surgeon will work as a team with your general dentist to prepare your mouth for your new denture fit.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in St. John’s, NL
If you have had problems with ill-fitting dentures that slip out of place or cause sores, Atlantic Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Centre may be able to help. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule a consultation at our office in St. John’s, NL. Our oral surgeon, Dr. Shannon Davis, will be able to evaluate your situation and help you find a treatment option that is right for you.