What is pre-prosthetic surgery?

Pre-prosthetic surgery is the preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis. Before placing a complete or partial denture, some patients require minor oral surgical procedures to ensure an optimal level of comfort and success. Because the denture sits on the bone ridge, it is essential that the bone is the proper size and shape. As part of your pre-prosthetic surgery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Daniel Cannon may recommend one or more of the following procedures:

  • Bone ridge reduction
  • Bone smoothing and reshaping
  • Exposure of impacted teeth
  • Removal of excess bone
  • Removal of excess gum tissue

If a tooth has been extracted prior to the placement of the prosthesis, the underlying bone may be left uneven and sharp. The bone might then need to be smoothed and reshaped in order to provide maximum comfort and the best possible fit. In some cases, excess bone would need to be removed prior to denture placement. During your visit to Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, our experienced oral surgeon will examine your smile and determine which of these procedures would best meet your specific needs. If you are having a complete or partial denture inserted, we welcome you to contact our office today to learn more about pre-prosthetic surgery and its benefits.