It is common for patients to replace a missing tooth or teeth with a partial or complete denture. When a patient is preparing to receive any removable prosthetic appliance, the doctor must first make sure that the patient’s mouth is ready to support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or afflictions that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or the ridge may not be ideal to receive the prosthesis; if this is the case, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.
Many patients ask, “Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?” Just as our genes give us different physical attributes such as hair color, height, and face shape, we are given different shaped jaws and gum tissue growth as well. Sometimes, our jaw bone is not aptly shaped to accommodate teeth replacements comfortably or in a stable manner, making everyday activities such as chewing your food extremely difficult or even painful. Because the denture rests on the bone ridge, it is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the proper shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit properly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Drs. Funt and Mogyoros can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel as though you have not lost your natural teeth.
Several procedures can be performed to prepare your mouth for a denture; the procedure you receive will be dependent on your mouth’s individual needs.
Common pre-prosthetic procedures include
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
- Reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge
- Exposure of impacted teeth
At Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, we want to ensure that you are well informed and as comfortable as possible before your procedure. Our skilled surgical and office staff and our doctors will fully discuss treatment options with you and present the best choices for tooth replacement. Many patients elect to receive long-term solutions, such as dental implants, to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths.
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Where can I get pre-prosthetic surgery near Philadelphia?
The surgeons at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery located in Elkins Park, PA, are specialists in performing oral and maxillofacial procedures and treatments, including pre-prosthetic surgery. Drs. Funt and Mogyoros service the entire greater Philadelphia area.