Pre-prosthetic surgery is an oral surgery treatment that is commonly recommended to ensure that a patient’s partial or complete denture is comfortable and fits properly in the mouth. It’s no fun when dentures are uncomfortable or slip out!
Dentures sit on a bony ridge in the mouth called the alveolar ridge that normally supports teeth. For denture wearers, it is crucial that this ridge is the proper shape and size to support the denture comfortably. For the best fit of a denture, the bony ridge may need to be smoothed or reshaped, or excess bone may need to be removed. Dr. Esmail is an expert at pre-prosthetic surgery techniques to ensure that his patients have a comfortable and secure fit for their dentures. Pre-prosthetic surgery is performed in the comfort of our practice in Abbotsford, BC.
Why have pre-prosthetic surgery?
Even after multiple fittings, some patients find that their dentures do not fit well, and daily activities such as eating and speaking have become painful or embarrassing. In these cases, the alveolar ridge or jaw shape may require surgical correction. Factors such as genetics and tooth loss may have affected the shape and size of your alveolar ridge, and there may be other correctable oral issues that are causing your discomfort. Pre-prosthetic surgery can vastly improve your well-being by taking the discomfort out of important daily activities such as chewing and speaking.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
The inconsistencies in your jaw/alveolar ridge that need to be corrected, and the type of dentures or other prosthetic devices you have or will be receiving, will affect what type of pre-prosthetic surgery procedures you require. The following procedures are some of the pre-prosthetic surgeries we offer to prepare your mouth for well-fitting prosthetic devices:
- Bone smoothing and/or reshaping
- Bone ridge reduction/alveolar ridge reduction
- Removal of excess bone or soft (gum) tissue
- Bone or tissue grafting procedures
- Exposure of impacted teeth
These procedures have very few risks for the patient and can usually be performed from the comfort of our Abbotsford, BC practice. Your needs will be discussed in detail when you have your consultation for pre-prosthetic surgery with Dr. Esmail.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in Abbotsford, BC
When dentures are uncomfortable or ill-fitting, it can affect so many aspects of your life. If you have dentures that are bothering you or you are due to receive dentures and have been recommended for pre-prosthetic surgery, please give Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre a call. Dr. Esmail will discuss your case with you and create a plan for appropriate treatment. If you are investigating other options, such as dental implants or other tooth replacement options, the doctor will be happy to discuss these options with you as well at that time.