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Some patients may utilize a partial or complete denture as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. When you are preparing to receive a removable prosthesis, your surgeon has to ensure that the mouth is prepared to support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or complications that may arise from an improperly fitting piece. Since each mouth is different, the shape of the mouth may not always be ideal to receive a prosthesis. A surgical procedure may be necessary to ensure that the prosthesis fits properly and offers maximum comfort to the patient.

Many patients wonder why their mouth doesn’t support the prosthesis as it is. Just as our genes give us different physical attributes like face shape, hair color, and height, we have different shaped gum tissue and jaws as well. Sometimes, the jaw bone is not perfectly developed or shaped to accommodate tooth replacements comfortably or in a stable manner. This can make everyday activities, like chewing food and speaking, very difficult or even painful in some cases. As dentures rest on top of the jaw bone, it is extremely important that the mouth is the proper shape and size for the denture to comfortably and accurately function. Dr. Kunkel can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel and fit comfortably through pre-prosthetic surgery.

There are a variety of procedures that might be performed to prepare your mouth for a denture. The procedure you receive will be dependent on your specific mouth’s individual characteristics and needs. Common pre-prosthetic procedures include

  • Reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge
  • Exposure of impacted teeth
  • Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
  • Removal of excess gum tissue or bone

At Pikes Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we want to ensure that you feel as informed and comfortable as possible prior to your procedure. Our skilled surgical and office staff and Dr. Kunkel will fully discuss treatments options with you and present the best alternatives for tooth replacement. Many patients elect to receive long-term solutions, such as dental implants, in order to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths.



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My name’s Jim. I live here in Colorado Springs. Well, I was running out of chewing surfaces and needed some help so I could eat. When you want things done to your mouth, you need a perfectionist doing that, and Dr. K did that for me. I have seven implants, and they feel like real teeth, they work like a real teeth, and all my chewing issues are gone. It’s kind of a modern miracle. Dr. Kunkel and his staff are — I don’t think they could be any better. Life is good.

- Jim

Hi. I’m Ginny. I’m from Colorado Springs. Dr. Kunkel and I hit it off very well. He is so fastidious. He measures things completely; he explains it to you, and he’ll go into the depth if you want to know what he’s doing, you just ask him. I like that. It makes me feel that I know what’s happening to me. When I came in for the surgery one morning and it was done, and I had assumed it would be very painful, and it took all of two pain pills, and that was it. I have two new molars, and I’m fine. A friend called the other day, and they want to do one on her, and she’s back east, and she’s heard all the horror stories, and I told her I thought it was great; she should come out here.

- Ginny

My name’s Elizabeth; I live here in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak Oral Surgery was recommended to me by my dentist, Dr. Robert Levens, and it’s the best thing that I could have ever done. I was nervous initially coming in, I think anybody is. All of the procedures went smoothly, without a hitch. The staff here at Dr. Kunkel’s are absolutely wonderful. I feel like I have my own parking spot, like I’m part of the family. They’ve come back to hold my hands because I was nervous during procedures. They’re always happy to see me, and it’s very comforting. Dr. Kunkel is amazing. He is brilliant, and I was very comfortable having him take care of me. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Kunkel to anyone. Now that I’ve had all the work done, it’s absolutely amazing. I feel like I have a functional mouth; it’s pain-free. I can eat what I want. I can smile a lot better and be comfortable with it. I’m very pleased.

- Elizabeth

Hi. I’m Veronica; I’m from Colorado Springs. I came to Pikes Peak Oral Surgery to get my tooth pulled and then also to get a dental implant. I also needed a sinus lift, and during that process, there’s a bone graft as well. I was definitely a little nervous. I’ve never had a tooth pulled. Everybody was very nice here, and so they eased any anxiety that I had by smiling. They were very calm, very nurturing, and just overall, it was just a very friendly environment. My interactions with Dr. Kunkel have always been positive. He’s so nice and just definitely put me at ease. He actually personally called with each of my procedures was done later that evening to make sure that I was doing okay, which was amazing to me. It really made me feel like he, he really cared about how I was doing. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Kunkel.

- Veronica

Hi, my name is Ron, and I’m from Colorado Springs. What happened to me is I had a major bicycle accident, road bike, and I went over the front, landed on my face. I was taken to the hospital immediately, and I was very, very happy Dr. Kunkel was on duty that day. He had to basically push and lift my upper jaw back into position and then secure it with titanium plates underneath my cheeks. As a result, at the end, I was able to basically bite and chew normally. Since my surgery, I feel absolutely normal. The staff is excellent, and I just really enjoyed coming here. Dr. Kunkel could be my son, and if he was, I’d really be proud of him. I would highly recommend him for any of your oral surgery needs; I wouldn’t go to anyone else.

- Ron

Hello. My name is Mickey, and I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I needed to have some oral surgery — an extraction, and bone grafts, and an implant. Dr. Kunkel was just the best. Well, I had a telephone call, and then I had a little note in the mail to see how I was, and I thought that was very special. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kunkel to anyone that I could stop on the street who needs to see someone in his talent area, and I just think that Dr. Kunkel and his staff are excellent.

- Mickey

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Hello. My name's Diana; I’m from Monument, Colorado. I had an impacted wisdom tooth; this infection grew and grew. By the time I went to the emergency room, the infection had moved towards half my face and moving towards my neck. The ER doctors, they called in an oral surgeon who happened to be on call which I was very fortunate that that doctor was Dr. Kunkel. Dr. Kunkel checked on me every day and made sure that the antibiotics were the right ones to work for the infection that I had. The whole time, I felt I was in excellent hands, and he totally put me at ease through this whole procedure. I would recommend Dr. Kunkel and his staff to anyone.

- Diana

My first name is Rockey Bell; I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I had this big lump inside my mouth, and I wasn’t really sure what it was. It was a little painful, so I came here to see what they could do with that nasty-looking thing. I was very nervous because I had thought maybe it might be cancer, or I really didn’t know what it was. Dr. Kunkel is a very proficient doctor. He’s very intelligent, and he talks to you like you’re human. I think the staff are amazing. They’ve helped me with every issue I’ve had. They made me feel comfortable. I would recommend anybody from Colorado Springs, Monument, Falcon to Dr. Kunkel.

- Rockey

I’m Andrea Brown, and I’m from Colorado Spring, Colorado. I came to Pikes Peak Oral Surgery because I had an abscessed tooth that was getting infected. Dr. Kunkel did an extraordinary job in treating me, in diagnosing me, and I feel real comfortable that I’m on the road to recovery right now. The staff at Dr. Kunkel’s office is just wonderful. I bring them treats. They are so sweet. They are terrific. It’s a real nice, friendly, tight-knit group. If I were to recommend an oral surgeon to any of my friends in Peregrine or Briargate, I would definitely recommend Dr. Kunkel. I’ve been thrilled with his care.

- Andrea

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