Pre-prosthetic surgery refers to procedures that prepare patients for dentures or other prosthetic devices. Some people can receive dentures without undergoing any preparatory procedures, but in other cases, the shape of a person’s jaw can make it impossible to have a comfortable and secure denture. The team at Cincinnati Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery offers pre-prosthetic surgery at all three of our offices to help patients achieve a secure denture fit.
Why get pre-prosthetic surgery?
Genetics, tooth loss, and other factors can all affect the shape of your jaw and alveolar ridge (the bone that holds your teeth in place). Sometimes surgery is not necessary for a comfortable denture fit, but in many cases, patients still don’t feel comfortable with their dentures, even after multiple fittings. Pre-prosthetic surgery can deliver a variety of benefits for patients in need of an improved denture fit:
- Maximum comfort
- Improved functionality
- More natural-looking final result
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
The shape of your jaw and the kind of prosthesis you need will largely determine what pre-prosthetic procedures are right for your condition. Below are a few of the most common procedures we offer to prepare patients for dentures and other prosthetic devices:
- Alveolar ridge reduction
- Bone smoothing or reshaping
- Removal of tori or bony exostoses
- Removal of excess soft (gum) tissue
- Bone or tissue grafting procedures
Pre-prosthetic procedures tend to be minor, and most of the time, they can be performed from the comfort of our practice.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in Cincinnati, OH
If you have had problems with the fit of your dentures, or you are considering other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, feel free to give us a call at (513) 271-5900. Our oral surgeon, Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox are experts at pre-prosthetic procedures, dental implant restorations, and the full scope of oral surgery procedures.