Patients often opt for a partial or complete denture as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to receive any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first ensure that the mouth is fully prepared to support the prosthetic device comfortably, as an improper fit can cause the patient discomfort or further complications. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or the ridge may not be ideal for receiving the prosthesis; in this instance, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.
Many patients ask, “Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?” Just as our genes give us different physical attributes such as hair color, height, and face shape, we are given different shaped jaws and gum tissue growth as well. When the jaw bone is not shaped to accommodate tooth replacements comfortably and in a stable manner, it can make daily activities such as chewing your food extremely difficult or even painful. Because the denture rests on the bone ridge, it is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit properly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Matthew Poore can reshape your jaws to make your prosthesis feel as natural and comfortable as possible.
There are various procedures that might be performed to prepare your mouth for a dental prosthesis, and the procedure you receive will depend on your mouth’s individual needs.
Common pre-prosthetic procedures include:
- Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
- Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
- Removal of abnormal growths of the jaws or gums
- Re-contouring of the tissue around the lips, cheeks, and/or tongue
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we want to ensure that you feel as comfortable and informed as possible before your procedure. We will fully discuss treatment options with you and present the best alternatives for your dental rehabilitation. 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 in Monroe County, PA?
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we offer a wide variety of oral and facial surgery services, including pre-prosthetic surgery to prepare the mouth for tooth replacement. Dr. Matthew Poore and his highly skilled team serve all of Monroe County, including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Tannersville, Bartonsville, Bangor, Bushkill, Brodheadsville, Tobyhanna, Sciota, Saylorsburg, Nazareth, Swiftwater, Mt. Pocono, Reeders, Mt. Bethel, Cresco, Blakeslee, Pocono Summit, Effort, Kresgeville, Kunkletown, Pen Argyl, Hazelton, PA, and Blairstown, NJ.