Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery


Pre-prosthetic surgery prepares patients for the placement of a denture or other prosthesis. Dentures rest over the gums on top of the bony ridge that once held the permanent teeth. If this bony ridge is uneven or too sharp, it can be impossible for a denture to fit securely and comfortably.

Pre-prosthetic surgery is a minor oral surgical procedure to smooth or reshape the jawbone or excessive gum tissue. 


Why Pre-Prosthetic Surgery is Necessary

A comfortable denture or other prosthesis fit is crucial for a stable, functional denture. Slipping and other problems with the fit of the denture can cause sores, discomfort, and difficulty while eating and speaking.
Since a denture sits on the ridge of the jawbone, it’s critical that the bone is the proper shape and size for a comfortable fit, as well as optimal function and aesthetics. For patients who have to wear dentures and have unfavorable bone growth in the roof of the mouth and ridges of their upper and lower jaw, surgery may be required to remove the excess bone.
At times, teeth may be in a less than favorable position for wearing a denture. In order to accommodate the prosthesis, removal of these teeth may be necessary.
Some reasons for pre-prosthetic surgery are:
  • Enhanced Aesthetics
  • Maximum Comfort Level
  • Improved Function


Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Each case is different, and the type of surgery we recommend will be based on a detailed assessment of your oral anatomy. Common pre-prosthetic procedures include:

  • Bone smoothing and reshaping
  • Bone ridge reduction
  • Removal of excess bone or soft tissue

Most pre-prosthetic surgeries are relatively minor outpatient procedures. Some discomfort is to be expected afterwards, and you may need to change your diet for a few days while your mouth heals.

At your consultation, we will go over your treatment options and the expected healing process for each case.


BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can perform Pre-Prosthetic Surgery  under local or general anaesthesia. We will discuss the treatment options and the expected healing process with you during your consultation.


Schedule a Pre-Prosthetic Surgery Examination

At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can perform an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, to evaluate the position of the teeth and bone shape and predict if there are present or may be future problems, to comfortably fit a denture or other prosthesis

Contact us today to arrange for a pre-prosthetic examination to determine whether you may or may not require pre-prosthetic surgery


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