When a removable or permanent prosthesis is inserted to replace missing teeth, it is important to ensure that the prosthesis properly fits. An improperly fitting prosthesis can be extremely uncomfortable and may result in painful rubbing against the gums or difficulty eating and speaking properly. In some cases, the fit of the dentures or bridge is dependent on the proper creation of the prosthesis. But sometimes, the shape of the patient’s mouth must be altered to receive the prosthesis, and a surgical treatment method may be required.
The surgical treatment method used to prepare the mouth for the prosthesis varies and will be determined by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon during an initial consultation. Some of the most common procedures necessary to prosthesis placement include
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
- Reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge
- Exposure of impacted teeth
Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?
Just as we get our different physical attributes such as hair color, height, and face shape from our genetics, we are given different shaped jaws and gum tissue growth as well. If the jaw bone is not shaped in a manner that allows for a prosthesis to be placed in a stable and comfortable manner, it makes it very difficult for patients to utilize their new teeth in a functional manner. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Balaci can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel as though you have not lost your natural teeth and restore oral function.
At Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery, our skilled surgical and office staff will present all of your treatment options available to determine the best alternatives for tooth replacement. Many patients elect to receive long-term solutions, such as dental implants, to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths.
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Where can I get pre-prosthetic surgery near Lebanon?
Dr. Alex Balaci and the highly skilled team at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery in Lebanon, PA, serve a wide region and provide the full scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures to correct functional and aesthetic problems, including pre-prosthetic surgery.