Dental prosthetic surgery is a very common procedure. Patients with misaligned teeth, facial trauma, or chronic mouth issues might have teeth that are not repairable with normal dental procedures. For these patients, dental implants are the way to restore the vital aesthetics of a full smile. However, the mouth is not often prepared to receive new teeth. So, dentists and periodontists will perform treatment known as pre-prosthetic surgery to prepare the patients mouth for dental implants and prostheses. For patients in Northern Virginia, Virginia Oral, Facial, and Implant Surgery provides the finest and highest quality in dental procedures, and this includes quality care in pre-prosthetic surgery.
Pre-prosthetic surgery, in more detail, is performed to prepare or restore optimal conditions of the mouth before the placement of dental prostheses. For patients of Virginia Oral Facial and Implant Surgery in Northern Virginia to better familiarize themselves with the process, it is encouraged to explore below.
Pre-prosthetic surgery may include a number of different treatments:
- Bone Smoothing and Reshaping: Sometimes known as Alveoloplasty, is a process of removing aspects of the jaw ridge, which may be isolated to bone directly next to a single tooth socket or could include removal of large portions of the alveolar bone. The bone is contoured in such a way as to smooth the area around where the implant is going to be placed.
- Removal of Excess Bone: If there is a large amount of bone present around the implant or prosthetic site, that bone may interfere with the retention of dental implants and prostheses. In this case, the doctor will remove some of that excess bone. Of course, that bone will be removed in such a way as to avoid any chronic discomfort, and patients should not be notably affected by the minor loss in bone material.
- Bone Ridge Reduction: Teeth are secured in place by a large ridge of bone with multiple sockets to which gums attach. This ridge will need to be reduced if there is too much bone.
- Removal of Excess Gum Tissue: The gums may be overgrown, in this case, the gums will need to be moved or removed so that implants and prostheses can fit properly. In addition, gum tissue can be transferred and moved around the mouth to ensure a proper look, and every care is taken to preserve an aesthetically pleasing gum structure.
- Exposure of Impacted Teeth: If for some reason, teeth are impacted or placed too high into the bone structure, those teeth will need to be exposed. This is not only necessary for the acceptance of implants, but it will also allow for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.