While dental implants are the best option for long-term tooth replacement, many patients frequently choose to utilize a partial or complete denture for a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to receive any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first ensure that the mouth can support the prosthesis to avoid any discomfort or afflictions that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or the ridge may not be ideal for receiving the prosthesis. In these cases, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.
Sometimes, the jaw bone is not perfectly developed or shaped to accommodate tooth replacements comfortably or in a stable manner, and many patients wonder why their mouth won’t support the prosthesis. But just as our genes give us different face shapes, hair colors, and height, we also have different shaped mouths and jaws. Dentures rest on top of the jaw bone, so it is extremely important that the mouth is the proper shape and size for the denture to fit comfortably and accurately function. Dr. Warren can reshape your mouth to make your prosthesis feel and fit comfortably through pre-prosthetic surgery.
Various procedures might be performed to prepare your mouth for a denture, including:
- 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 Brazos Oral & Facial Surgery, we want you to feel as informed and comfortable as possible prior to your procedure. Our skilled surgical and office staff will fully discuss the treatment with you and present the best alternatives for tooth replacement. Many patients elect to receive more permanent solutions, such as dental implants, to restore their missing tooth and benefit from the best function and aesthetic possible. Dr. Scott Warren will review your options with you and help you decide which treatment option is best for you.