Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option, but some patients’ mouths are shaped in such a way that it is impossible for a denture to fit comfortably and securely. Living without teeth or with an ill-fitting denture can make even the simplest tasks, such as eating or laughing, incredibly difficult or even painful. At Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Amarillo, TX, our oral surgeons can perform pre-prosthetic surgery to reshape the mouth and gum line, creating a secure and functional denture fit.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Every patient’s mouth is different, and their specific condition will determine what type of pre-prosthetic surgery will fit their needs. Some of the most common pre-prosthetic surgery procedures include the following:
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removing excess gum tissue
- Adjusting the size of the alveolar ridge
Why might I need pre-prosthetic surgery?
Many different factors contribute to a person needing pre-prosthetic surgery before having dentures or other prosthetic devices placed. Genetics can be a major factor in determining the shape of your jaw and gum tissue, similar to the influence of genetics on people’s eye color, hair color, and overall face shape. Other factors such as extensive bone loss can also contribute to the need for a pre-prosthetic surgical procedure. While some patients can receive dentures without issue, others will need pre-prosthetic surgery to make sure their dentures are secure and comfortable.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery at Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Most pre-prosthetic procedures are performed under IV sedation, allowing you to sleep comfortably until the procedure is over. You will be able to discuss your specific treatment plan with your oral surgeon during your pre-surgery consultation appointment. To schedule an appointment and find out more about pre-prosthetic surgery options, contact our office for more information.