Drs. Fear, Lopez, Fasi, and Sanker can perform pre-prosthetic surgery in any Michigan Oral Surgeons office located in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Adrian, and Dexter, MI.
Many patients utilize a type of denture (either a full denture or a partial denture) to replace missing teeth when a tooth or multiple teeth have been removed from the mouth. A denture rests in the mouth on a bone ridge and provides an artificial, functional replacement for the missing teeth. To ensure that the mouth maintains the proper shape and size necessary to fit the dentures comfortably and properly, some patients undergo pre-prosthetic surgery before the dentures are fitted.
The treatment prescribed during pre-prosthetic surgery varies based on the patient’s individual needs. Some patients will undergo the reshaping or smoothing of the jaw bone. Patients may also need excess gum tissue or bone removed 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 is the alveolar ridge). Patients with impacted teeth may need to undergo exposure or removal during pre-prosthetic surgery.
Before performing the pre-prosthetic surgery, the doctor will discuss options for surgery and anesthesia and present the alternatives for tooth replacement with you. Many patients find that modern forms of tooth replacement, such as dental implants, are a better long-term solution. This procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia and can be completed at the oral surgery office.
Whether you are undergoing a full arch restoration or preparing a single tooth site for prosthetic restoration, Drs. Fear, Lopez, Fasi, and Sanker have a solution to fit your unique needs. Please contact our office, Michigan Oral Surgeons, for a consultation to discuss your treatment options.