Pre-prosthetic surgery refers to any surgical procedure used to prepare your mouth for the placement of dentures or other prosthetic devices. While some patients can receive dentures without the need for pre-prosthetic surgery, some people’s mouths are shaped in such a way that it is impossible to fit a denture comfortably or securely. In these cases, procedures that alter the shape of the bone, gum tissue, or other structures in the mouth can make it possible for patients to receive a denture.
Some of the most common pre-prosthetic procedures include the following:
- Reshaping or smoothing the bone beneath the gums
- Removing excess bone
- Reduction of the bony ridge
- Performing bone grafting procedures in areas where bone is too sparse
- Removal of excess gum tissue
- Extraction of teeth to prepare for denture placement
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery at Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Our skilled oral surgeons, Denis Miller, DDS, and Louis George, DMD, are both trained and experienced in altering the shape of the facial and oral structures. Your oral surgeon will perform an examination to determine whether or not surgery can help you achieve a more comfortable, secure denture fit. For more information about pre-prosthetic surgery or the other tooth replacement options we offer, contact one of our offices in Sioux Falls, SD, Mitchell, SD, Yankton, SD, or Brookings, SD, today.