Pre-prosthetic surgery involves making important preparations so your prosthetic device will fit properly. Our Montreal oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform these procedures.
What is Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?
Certain preparations must be made before you can be fitted for a prosthesis such as a denture. This is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.
To ensure a prosthetic fits as it should and is as comfortable as possible, some patients will need minor oral surgical procedures before receiving a partial or complete denture.
For the best fit, the bone might need to be smoothed or reshaped so the denture will fit properly, or excess tissue may need to be removed. Your surgeon will review your specific needs with you during your appointment.
Why have pre-prosthetic surgery?
Pre-prosthetic surgery can significantly improve your well-being by reducing the risk of discomfort when engaging in daily activities such as speaking, chewing and socializing.
Because a denture sits on the bone's ridge, it is very important that the bone be the proper shape and size. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone might be left sharp and uneven.
Therefore, the bone will need to be reshaped or smoothed out. Occasionally, excess bone or gum tissue needs to be removed before inserting the denture.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
There are a few types of pre-prosthetic surgery that can help prepare your mouth so your prosthetic device will fit well:
- Bone smoothing and reshaping
- Removal of excess bone
- Bone or tissue grafting procedures
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Removal of excess gum tissue