Patients often opt for a partial or complete denture as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to get any removable prosthesis, the doctor must make sure that the mouth is fully prepared to support it comfortably, as an improper fit can cause discomfort or further complications. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or ridge may not be ideal for receiving the prosthesis, so a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.
Many patients ask, “Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?” Just like our genes give us different physical attributes such as hair color, height, and face shape, we also have different shaped jaws and gum tissue growth. When the jaw bone is not shaped to support tooth replacements comfortably and in a stable manner, it can make daily activities such as chewing food extremely difficult or even painful. Since the denture rests on the bone ridge, it is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the right shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit properly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Price can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel as though you have not lost your natural teeth.
Various procedures can prepare your mouth for a denture; the procedure you receive will depend on your mouth’s individual needs.
Common pre-prosthetic procedures include
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
- Reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge
- Exposure of impacted teeth
At Utah Facial & Oral Surgery, we want to make sure that you feel as informed and comfortable as possible before your procedure. We will fully discuss treatment options with you and present the best alternatives for your tooth replacement. Many patients choose to receive long-term solutions, such as dental implants, to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths.
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Where can I get pre-prosthetic surgery in Salt Lake County?
Utah Facial & Oral Surgery in South Jordan, UT, offers various oral surgical procedures and treatments, including pre-prosthetic surgery. Dr. Christopher Price serves the entire Salt Lake Valley.