Our office in Los Angeles, CA, offers pre-prosthetic procedures to prepare patients for receiving dentures. Pre-prosthetic surgery refers to any procedure that alters your mouth to accommodate a denture or another prosthesis better. If you need pre-prosthetic surgery, your oral surgeon will most likely partner with your restorative dentist to form your treatment plan.
Some patients will be able to receive dentures without any surgical procedures, but when teeth are missing for an extended period, the bone beneath the gums can change shape. A properly fitting denture is crucial for your comfort and overall well-being, and some patients require a minor procedure to ensure a secure fit.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Procedures
When teeth are missing or extracted, the bone beneath the gums can change in shape or size, making it difficult to place a denture. One or more soft or hard tissue adjustments may be necessary to ensure that your denture fits well. The following are some of the most common pre-prosthetic procedures:
- Bone smoothing or reshaping
- Ridge reduction
- Removal of excess gum or soft tissue
- Bone or tissue grafting
- Extraction of teeth for denture placement
We will evaluate your needs during a consultation appointment with your oral surgeon, at which you will have a chance to discuss your condition and goals with your doctor.
Benefits of a Secure Denture
Making sure your dentures fit well can improve your overall quality of life. Some of the benefits of a good fit include
- Less slipping or movement while eating, speaking, etc.
- Fewer sores or less discomfort caused by a poor fit
- Increased confidence level when smiling or eating
- Easier chewing for certain foods
We will do everything possible to make your dentures feel comfortable and stable. If dentures simply aren’t the right choice for you, you can discuss other tooth replacement options with your oral surgeon. If you are considering alternatives to dentures, our surgeons are experts at dental implant procedures and full-arch restorations as well.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in Los Angeles, CA
Our staff is dedicated to helping you improve your overall health and quality of life through oral surgery services. A poorly fitting denture can make eating, speaking, and smiling comfortably impossible. Our oral surgeons are experts in altering the shape of the jaws and dental arches. When you come to our office, your surgeon will perform a full evaluation of your jaw to determine whether surgery can help you achieve a more comfortable and stable denture. Contact us today to learn more.