Pre-prosthetic surgery prepares patients for the placement of a denture or other prosthesis. At Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock, our oral surgeons can perform a range of procedures to improve the fit of a future denture or prosthesis. Dentures rest over the gums on top of the bony ridge that once held the permanent teeth. If this bone ridge is uneven or too sharp, it can be impossible for a denture to fit securely and comfortably.
Why do I need pre-prosthetic surgery?
Everyone’s mouth is a different shape. Sometimes genetic factors affect the shape of the mouth, and some people have an easier time with their dentures than others. Especially after tooth loss, the bone beneath the gums can change over time. When the bone is too uneven, creating a denture that fits securely can be impossible, which is why some patients require surgery before receiving their dentures.
A comfortable fit is crucial for a stable, functional denture. Denture slipping and other fit problems can cause sores, discomfort, and difficulty while eating and speaking. If you are referred to our office, our oral surgeons, Dr. Steven Hill and Dr. Robert Ioppolo, can evaluate your situation to help you achieve the best fit. If you are interested in alternatives to dentures, our surgeons can also assess whether you are a candidate for dental implants or other restorative options.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
One or more of the following procedures may be used to prepare your mouth for a denture:
- Bone smoothing and reshaping
- Bone ridge reduction
- Removal of excess bone or soft tissue
Most pre-prosthetic procedures are relatively minor outpatient procedures, and your surgeon can go over your specific treatment plan during your consultation appointment.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in Lubbock, TX
If you are experiencing problems with denture fit, you may need pre-prosthetic surgery. To learn more about the procedure or to schedule a consultation, feel free to give our office in Lubbock, TX, a call. One of our oral surgeons will be happy to help you determine whether pre-prosthetic surgery is right for you.