When starting the path toward oral rehabilitation, it is crucial to comprehensively grasp each stage of the process. Pre-prosthetic surgery is one such crucial stage, often necessary to pave the way for a comfortable and secure fitting prosthesis.
Pre-prosthetic surgery is a comprehensive procedure that encompasses multiple stages and techniques aimed at improving the structure and form of the oral cavity. This approach helps in achieving optimal results, maximizing the comfort and utility of the dental prosthesis, whether it be a complete or partial denture.
By preparing your mouth properly for a prosthetic device, our Sacramento, CA team can help ensure a successful outcome that enhances your quality of life and boosts your self-confidence.
What Are Pre-Prosthetic Oral Surgery Procedures?
Pre-prosthetic surgery can involve a variety of procedures depending on the individual patient’s needs. These procedures are decided upon by your oral surgeon following a comprehensive evaluation of your oral cavity. Based on this assessment, one or more of the procedures listed below may be recommended.
Reshaping The Gingival Or Gum Tissue
This procedure involves modifying the shape or position of the gum tissue to allow for a better fit of the prosthesis. It can also help prevent future gum disease and provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Reshaping Bone In The Upper Or Lower Jaw
Alveoloplasty is a process that aims to create a comfortable and secure fit for dentures by carefully reshaping and smoothing the jawbone. This procedure ensures optimal comfort and stability for denture wearers.
Bone grafting is often necessary when there has been a significant amount of bone loss due to tooth extractions or periodontal disease. A bone graft helps restore the bone height and width, providing a stable base for the prosthesis.
Similar to bone grafting, tissue grafting is utilized to augment volume in areas with inadequate tissue. This provides notable benefits, enhancing both the comfort and stability of dentures.
Increasing The Depth Of The Vestibule
The vestibule is the space between the teeth and the cheeks or lips. Increasing its depth can enhance the retention of the denture and the overall function of the mouth.
Pre-prosthetic surgery may also involve the removal of any remaining teeth that are not viable or are causing issues. Extraction of teeth is done when necessary to allow for a complete and secure fit of the prosthesis.
The ultimate goal of pre-prosthetic surgery is to provide a secure, comfortable base for your new prosthetic device. It is worth noting that the procedures required will vary between patients and will be influenced by factors such as age, oral health, and the specific type of prosthesis to be fitted.
After Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Once the pre-prosthetic surgery is complete, it’s often necessary to allow time for healing and for any swelling to subside before the denture or partial denture is fitted. This ensures that the final prosthesis fits as comfortably and securely as possible.
At our Sacramento, CA surgical clinic, our experienced oral surgeons are committed to providing the best possible care throughout your pre-prosthetic surgery. They will ensure that you understand each step of the process, and they are available to answer any questions you may have along the way. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priority. Call today to schedule your appointment with our dedicated team.