Pre-prosthetic surgery is a collection of procedures that revise the shape of your gums and bone and strengthen the foundation of your teeth, helping prepare you for dental implants or other restorations.
You may also benefit from pre-prosthetic surgery if you have dentures already but are experiencing pain, irritation, or a loose fit. These problems may not be with the dentures but instead with changes to the shape of your gums and the underlying bone over time.
The doctors at Union Oral Surgery have extensive experience in pre-prosthetic surgery. We frequently work with patients in Greater Charlotte who want to keep wearing adhesive dentures, and we also support patients who want to transition to dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Learn more about our approach.
About Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Pre-prosthetic surgery is done to help minimize the movement of your dentures and can give you a more comfortable bite. Your doctor may recommend one or more approaches:
Replacing lost bone. Over time, your body resorbs bone in the area of missing teeth. As a result, the shape of your gums may change, and your dentures may not fit as well. Bone grafts can help resolve these problems.
Removing loose tissue. As bone loss occurs, it can leave an excess of gum tissue, making it difficult for the denture to fit correctly. Union Oral Surgery improves this condition for Greater Charlotte patients with a simple pre-prosthetic surgery.
Revising the rough areas of the dental ridge. Your gums may be shaped like hills and valleys rather than a smooth, flat surface. Your doctor can reshape this ridge to fit more closely with your dentures.
The Benefits of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Consider a procedure if you would like to…
Improve your comfort. Surgery can help keep your dentures from slipping out of position and from putting pressure in the wrong place as you bite down.
Eat more foods with greater confidence. When dentures fit poorly, food can get stuck beneath them or even move them out of place. Better-fitting dentures may prevent these problems.
Keep smiling. Union Oral Surgery can perform any of these procedures in a way so that you won’t have to go without teeth.
What Pre-Prosthetic Surgery Patients Can Expect
Start with an initial consultation at Union Oral Surgery’s Greater Charlotte offices. Chances are that you have been referred to us by your general dentist, a family member, or a friend. We are proud of our reputation as supportive, gentle, and experienced surgeons and look forward to caring for your needs.
During your visit, your doctor will talk with you about problems you are experiencing with your current dentures or your plans for receiving new dentures. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination to evaluate your teeth, gums, and underlying bone. If you are a good candidate for pre-prosthetic surgery, the doctor will also explain treatment and answer any questions that you have.
An Overview of Procedures
While each pre-prosthetic surgery differs, here is a summary of the process:
- Your procedure will take place in our state-of-the-art facility, where you will benefit from technology and resources that promote comfort and healing.
- You will receive the anesthesia option that was discussed at your consult appointment. Your health, personal preferences, the complexity of the procedure, and other factors will determine the type of anesthesia that you receive.
- The doctor will conduct the procedure to replace lost bone, remove excess tissue, revise the surface of the dental ridge, and / or perform other pre-prosthetic surgeries.
Proper care and attention to detail at every stage of the process help make our patient outcomes successful. We welcome you to learn more by visiting Union Oral Surgery.
If you are considering dentures or want to see if you can get a better fit than your existing dentures offer, explore pre-prosthetic surgery with our practice. Schedule an appointment with our Greater Charlotte offices to find out more.