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.