A prosthetic is an artificial body part, such as a denture. Pre-prosthetic surgery is an area of oral and maxillofacial specialization that prepares the mouth to receive the prosthetic. Offering this service in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN is one of the ways Dr. Howard Stephenson, Dr. Steven Fairchild, and Dr. Timothy Surber help to ensure their patients are satisfied with denture fit and function.
Why pre-prosthetic surgery might be needed
A denture, whether upper or lower, rests on gum tissue that covers the bony ridge of the jaw. Proper shape and adequate amount of this underlying bone is necessary for stable support of the denture. A denture wobbles if the bony ridge has high and low points, rubbing sore spots on gums. If bone mass has diminished and contour of the denture base is shallow, it will not provide adequate suction. A smooth alveolar bone provides the most comfortable fit. Pre-prosthetic surgery can also improve aesthetics, providing a scaffold for lips and balancing facial proportions.
Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon may recommend pre-prosthetic surgery if you recently had extractions, are getting dentures for the first time, or if you have been without teeth for a while. Bone structure changes over time, altering the fit and function of a once-comfortable denture. Alveolar modification restores foundation tissues.
Types of pre-prosthetic surgery in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN
At Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS, treatment is tailored for the individual patient. Using leading-edge diagnostic technologies and working closely with your general dentist, we develop a strategy personalized just for you. It may include one or a combination of these procedures:
- Smoothing of sharp and uneven bone edges following extraction
- Reshaping of the boney ridge
- Removal of excess bone tissue (ridge reduction)
- Grafting to augment bone mass
- Reduction in excess gum tissue
Thanks to meticulous advance planning, this is generally a brief procedure with a predictable outcome. It is performed at the fully-equipped surgical suite in our Valparaiso or Merrillville office. Anesthesia technique depends on complexity of the surgery. In some cases, only local numbing is needed. Oral or intravenous sedation may be suggested for a comfortable experience.
Let’s get you into great-fitting dentures! Call (219) 307-4382 to schedule an appointment.