When choosing a tooth replacement option, patients frequently choose to utilize a partial or complete denture. To prepare the mouth to receive any removable prosthesis, it must be determined that the mouth can support the prosthesis to avoid any discomfort or complications that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or the ridge may not be ideal for receiving the prosthesis. Once this is determined, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort of the denture.
Many patients ask us why an additional procedure is needed and why their mouth doesn’t support the prosthesis as is; the answer is because every mouth is different. Just as our genetics give us varying physical qualities like height, hair color, and face shape, our jaws and gum tissue growth show differing characteristics as well.
Sometimes, the development of our jaw bone is not perfectly shaped to accommodate tooth replacements, which can make daily activities like chewing food extremely difficult and even painful. Because the denture rests on the bone ridge, it 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. Roland Hernandez can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel as comfortable and secure as possible.
There are a variety of procedures that can prepare your mouth for a denture, and the procedure you receive will be dependent 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 of the alveolar ridge
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Removal of bone on the roof of the mouth or under the tongue
At Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to ensure that you feel as informed and comfortable as possible before your procedure. Most patients choose more permanent solutions, like dental implants, to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths. Dr. Hernandez and his skilled surgical assistants and office staff will fully discuss treatment options with you and present the best options for tooth replacement.