When a partial or complete denture doesn’t fit well, daily activities such as eating and speaking can be very challenging and often quite uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are effective treatments performed by an oral surgeon that can help. For denture wearers, the bony ridge that normally supports teeth (called the alveolar ridge) must be of the proper size and shape to accommodate the denture correctly — when this is not the case, pre-prosthetic surgery is performed to smooth or reshape the bony ridge to ensure the maximum level of comfort. Pre-prosthetic surgery is an oral surgery treatment that is commonly performed at our practice to prepare a patient’s mouth for a partial or complete denture.
Dr. Jonathan Williams has many years’ experience performing successful pre-prosthetic surgery procedures to ensure that his patients have dentures that fit well and do not cause mouth sores or other uncomfortable symptoms. Pre-prosthetic surgeries are very safe and effective and are performed in the convenience of both of our offices under the care of Dr. Williams and his excellent staff. We will make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed with your choice of anesthesia, and you will be carefully monitored throughout the procedure.
We encourage you to explore the pre-prosthetic surgery stories on our Patient Stories page to help you feel more confident and at ease about receiving treatment at our practice.
Types of Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
The inconsistencies in your jaw/alveolar ridge will be corrected accordingly depending on your specific case and what type of dentures or other prosthetic devices you have or will be receiving. There are a few different types of pre-prosthetic surgery procedures that can be performed at our practice to help our patients with dentures enjoy important daily activities such as chewing and speaking:
- Bone smoothing and/or reshaping
- Bone ridge reduction/alveolar ridge reduction
- Removal of excess bone or soft (gum) tissue
- Bone or tissue grafting procedures
- Exposure of impacted teeth (teeth that are stuck under the gums)
During your consultation with Dr. Williams, your specific needs will be addressed, and a treatment plan will be formed that will include the work that will benefit you the most. Dr. Williams’ recommendations will be tailored precisely to your individual needs and your anatomy, and our team will work hard to make sure your pre-prosthetic surgery experience goes smoothly, and you end up with an excellent result.
Pre-Prosthetic Surgery in North Conway and Littleton, NH
If you’re in need of pre-prosthetic surgery for a good-fitting dental prosthetic, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams, so our friendly team can help you get your mouth healthy and ready for your prosthetic. If you are investigating other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or other tooth restorations, Dr. Williams will be happy to discuss these options with you at your appointment as well.