What is pre-prosthetic surgery?
When a tooth or multiple teeth have been removed from the mouth, many patients utilize a partial or complete denture to replace the missing teeth. A denture rests on a bone ridge within the mouth and provides an artificial, fully functioning replacement for the missing teeth. It is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the proper shape and size necessary in order for the dentures to fit comfortably and properly, so some patients undergo pre-prosthetic surgery at our Fort Worth, TX, before the dentures are fitted.
Pre-prosthetic surgery usually involves the smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone, the removal of excess gum tissue or bone, or a reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge (the area on the roof of the mouth between the upper teeth and hard palate or behind the lower teeth on the bottom of the mouth). This procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia and can be completed at the oral surgery office.
Prior to performing the pre-prosthetic surgery, the doctor will fully discuss options for surgery and anesthesia and present the alternatives for tooth replacement. Many patients find more modern forms of tooth replacement, such as dental implants, a better long-term solution.
Where can I get pre-prosthetic surgery near Fort Worth?
At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgical staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can have wisdom teeth removed in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Fred Loe proudly serves all of Parker, Wise, and Tarrant counties including Fort Worth, Boyd, Decatur, Trophy Club, Watauga, Keller, Saginaw, Grapevine, North Richland Hills, Lake Worth, and more.
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