The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.
Some patients require minor oral surgery before receiving a partial or complete denture. A denture sits on a ridge of bone, so it is very important that the bone does not have any sharp protrusions. If the underlying bone has any sharp protrusions, these sometimes need to be smoothed down to allow proper seating of the prosthesis and to allow maximum patient comfort.
One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed in order to prepare your mouth for a prosthesis:
- Bone smoothing and shaping
- Removal of excess bone
- Removal of excess or loose gum tissue
- Removal of impacted teeth that could interfere with the prosthesis