Many patients choose to replace their missing teeth with full or partial dentures, but sometimes a patient’s mouth cannot properly support a fitted denture. Tooth loss, genetic factors, and other oral health conditions can cause the jaw bone and gum tissue to change shape over time, making it impossible to fit a denture comfortably and securely. Fortunately, the oral surgery team at Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can perform a variety of pre-prosthetic surgical procedures to prepare your mouth for dentures.
What causes poor denture fit?
A variety of different factors can lead to an ill-fitting or unstable denture. In some cases, the alveolar ridge (the bone that holds the teeth) is the wrong shape due to bone deterioration or genetic factors. In other instances, the jaw itself requires reshaping. Sometimes excess gum tissue is the cause of a poor fit. Whatever the reason for your pre-prosthetic surgery, our oral surgeons will do everything possible to improve the fit of your denture and maximize your comfort.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Just as there are many reasons for a denture or partial denture to fit poorly, there are also many different types of pre-prosthetic surgery. Your procedure will depend on your specific needs and the condition of your mouth. One or more of the following methods may be used to improve the fit of your dentures:
- Removal of excess gum or soft tissue
- Alveolar ridge or bone tissue reduction
- Jaw bone smoothing or reshaping
- Soft tissue or bone grafting procedures
At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we want every patient to feel comfortable and informed before a procedure. Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, Dr. Ben Johnson, and Dr. Michael Johnson all have extensive experience preparing the mouth for tooth replacements. When you come to one of our offices in Auburn, WA, Federal Way, WA, Renton, WA, or Maple Valley, WA, your surgeon will discuss all of your tooth replacement options with you and fully explain which sort of pre-prosthetic procedure is necessary to ensure the fit of your dentures. We also offer other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants and implant-supported bridges, which may be a better solution for those who want a more permanent tooth replacement option. If you are interested in pre-prosthetic surgery or other tooth replacement options, contact our office for more information.