When it comes to getting a prosthetic device put into your mouth, there are a lot of different steps that we need to take to make sure that you have the best possible experience. One of these is pre-prosthetic surgery, and it is essential to the positive outcome of your prosthetic installation procedure. Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists will walk you through every step and make sure that you are relaxed and confident about what is coming.
What is a Prosthetic?
A prosthetic is the name of a device or an appliance that sits in your mouth to replace any of a patient's missing teeth. This is a partial or full denture. When it comes to using dentures, though, they sit on the surface of your gums. Sometimes, this can be incredibly uncomfortable if the bones are not shaped correctly. For example, if you have recently had to get a tooth removed, you may find that the bone may be jagged or uneven, which can lead to an uncomfortable fit.
What is Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?
When it comes to making sure that your partial or full denture set is as comfortable as can be, pre-prosthetic surgery does the trick! For example, if your bone is uneven from an extraction, we can smooth and reshape the arch to make it fit snugly and securely within your denture. We can even remove some bone if that makes it easier or more comfortable. There are several different procedures that we can provide the surgery to make your fit as great as we can.
We can smooth, reshape, and remove the bone, which is extremely helpful. However, we can also perform a bone ridge reduction, also known as bone leveling or alveoloplasty. After long periods with a missing tooth, we often find that patients suffer rapid bone loss. When bone loss occurs, it leaves a sharp ridge behind, as the sides melt away, but the center tends to stay. Ridge reduction takes that sharp edge and levels it down to a smooth and flat surface that dentures can more easily settle on.
Apart from bone work, we can also work with the gums. Sometimes excess gum tissue can become irritated with dentures, so cutting some of that out and providing a stable surface for the appliance to sit on means that you are infinitely more comfortable. Finally, we also work on the exposure of impacted teeth.
Pre-prosthetic surgery is extremely important in cases that require it, as it can be the life or death of your prosthetic. Trying to wear a denture without the proper and stable base can be a long and arduous experience. We here at Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we know that you want a long and damage-free life for your appliances and this is the best way we can help. We are more than happy to give you guidance before, during, and after your procedure.