Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option. They should always fit snugly and comfortably in the mouth. However, they may start to fit differently over time, causing slipping, sores, and other issues due to a poor-fitting denture. Some factors, such as uneven gum and bone tissue, tooth loss, and genetics, can affect the shape of the mouth and make it difficult or even impossible to receive a comfortable and secure fit from your dentures.
If your dentures have started to cause any pain or discomfort, your dentist may be able to fix the issue with a slight adjustment. For some patients, these adjustments do not work, and other treatments, such as pre-prosthetic surgery, are recommended.
Pre-prosthetic surgery prepares the mouth for a comfortable and secure fit from a full or partial denture. Oral surgeons like Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash can surgically refine the shape of your gum and/or bone tissue to ensure a great fit from your oral prosthetic.
The type of pre-prosthetic surgery that is recommended for you depends on several factors, such as location, symptoms, type of denture, and more. You may find you need one or more types of pre-prosthetic treatment to receive the right fit from your denture:
In general, pre-prosthetic surgery is a joint effort between your general dentist and your oral surgeon. Most pre-prosthetic procedures are performed under IV sedation, but your oral surgeon will discuss all of your treatment options, including your options for anesthesia, during your consultation appointment. If you would like to learn more about pre-prosthetic surgery and see if it is right for you, we encourage you to contact our practice.