You may have heard that dentures don’t fit well or that they are uncomfortable. This may have been true in the past, but a modern, properly fitted denture can dramatically increase quality of life for a patient. To ensure the best fit and comfort, we may recommend pre-prosthetic surgery in advance of denture placement. This prepares the mouth for a dental prothesis.
Getting Your Mouth Ready for Dentures
Dentures sit on the bone ridge of the jaw. Any irregularities in the bone can interfere with the fit and comfort of a denture. Pre-prosthetic surgery helps to prepare the mouth for dentures. It may include one or more of the following procedures:
- Bone smoothing
- Bone reshaping
- Ridge reduction
- Removal or excess gum tissue
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Bone removal
Before recommending pre-prosthetic surgery, we carefully examine the mouth and pinpoint those areas that may require additional treatment. Just like a foundation supports a home for decades, your jawbone will support your dentures. A strong, properly prepared support means a better fit and increased comfort for the life of your dentures. This isn’t a step you want to skip.
Reasons for Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Why is preparation surgery needed before dentures? There are many reasons for the surgery, but a common one is tooth extraction. Many patients require tooth removal before getting dentures. An extraction can leave the jawbone sharp and uneven. This can cause comfort and fit problems with the dentures if it isn’t properly addressed. Pre-prosthetic surgery can smooth things out and prepare the area for dentures.
Do I Need Pre-Prosthetic Surgery Before Dentures?
Not all patients will require pre-prosthetic surgery. To determine if you’ll need the procedure, come in for a consultation. After an exam, and possibly imaging, we’ll know if you’ll need surgery. Most of the procedures required are minor, and recovery is usually pretty minimal. We’ll tell you what to expect during your consultation, after we have a better idea of which procedures you’ll require.
Alternatives to Dentures- Dental Implants in Austin, TX
Dentures aren’t the only way to restore a smile. Many of our patients are opting for dental implants in place of dentures. Implants place a titanium screw into the jaw. This screw supports a crown of one or more teeth. Implants can be used to fill in a single missing tooth or an entire jaw.
Like dentures, implants often require preparation surgery. We may recommend bone or gum grafting to help prepare the mouth for dental implants.
Dental implants function like natural teeth, but they can require extensive surgery to place. Implants may also be more expensive than dentures. We can discuss the pros and cons of each option with you.
A little preparation often means better results. This certainly holds true for dentures and dental implants. Modern dentures are nothing like the ones your grandmother wore. With proper fit and care, you can enjoy a better appearance, increased oral functionality, and a comfortable fit. Come into Hill Country Oral Surgery in Austin, TX to learn more about your options for dental restoration.