While there are many different prosthetic options available, some patients utilize a partial or complete denture as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. For some patients, the shape of the mouth may not be ideal for the prosthesis and a surgical procedure is necessary before receiving the prosthesis to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort. When preparing to receive any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first ensure that the mouth is fully prepared to support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or afflictions that may arise from an improper fit.
There are several pre-prosthetic procedures available to prepare your mouth for a denture. The procedure you undergo will be dependent on your mouth’s individual needs. Common pre-prosthetic procedures include
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
- Reduction in the size of an alveolar ridge
Many patients wonder why their mouth can’t support the prosthesis as is. But just as our genes give us different physical attributes (such as height, hair color, and face shape), we all have different shaped jaws and types of gum tissue growth. Sometimes, the development of our jaw bone is not perfectly shaped to accommodate tooth replacements in a stable manner that would be comfortable for the patient to wear long term. This can make daily activities such as chewing your food extremely difficult or even painful. The denture rests on the bone ridge, and the best fit is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the proper shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit properly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Bobst can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel as though you have not lost your natural teeth.
At Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, Dr. Bobst and his skilled surgical and office staff will fully discuss treatments options with you and present the best options for tooth replacement. Many patients elect to receive long-term solutions, such as dental implants, to restore their natural smile and regain the best possible oral function.