Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Patients having to wear either a fixed bridge or a removable denture may require surgery to allow for improved aesthetics, comfort, and function. Here are some common questions we hear at Sandstone Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery regarding this procedure:

Why do those teeth need to be removed?

At times, teeth may be in an unfavorable position for wearing a denture or a partial denture, and extraction of these teeth would be needed to accommodate the prosthesis.

What made the bone grow that way, and why is it necessary to remove it?

Some patients who have to wear dentures may have unfavorable bone growth in the roof of the mouth and along the ridges of the upper jaw and lower jaw. This requires surgery to eliminate the extra bone so you can wear a denture successfully.

What would be the best option for me?

Dr. McKinney, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is a specialist in pre-prosthetic surgery and will work to achieve the best treatment options for the patient.

One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed in order to prepare your mouth for a prosthesis:

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

We will review your particular needs with you during your appointment.