Patients frequently choose to utilize a partial or complete denture as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to receive any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first ensure that the mouth is fully prepared to support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or difficulties that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or the ridge may not be ideal for receiving the prosthesis. In these cases, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.
Many patients ask, “Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?” Just as we have varying physical attributes such as hair color, height, and face shape based on our genetics, our jaw shape and gum tissue growth are different as well. Sometimes, the development of our jaw bone is not perfectly shaped to accommodate tooth replacements comfortably or in a stable manner. This can make daily activities like chewing food extremely difficult and even painful. Because the denture rests on the bone ridge, it is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the proper shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit properly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Drs. Boyce, Tracy, and Bennion can reshape your mouth to improve the fit and comfort of your prosthesis.
There are a few procedures that might be performed to prepare your mouth for a denture, and the procedure you receive will be dependent on your mouth’s individual needs. Common pre-prosthetic procedures include
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
- Reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge
- Soft tissue surgery and grafting
At Billings Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Billings, MT, and Cody and Sheridan, WY, we want to ensure that you feel as informed and comfortable as possible before your procedure. Our doctors, skilled surgical assistants, and office staff will thoroughly discuss treatment options with you and present the best alternatives for tooth replacement. Many patients choose long-term solutions, such as dental implants, to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths.
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