A denture is designed to sit on the remaining bone ridge in place of the missing teeth, provided that the underlying bone is properly shaped with no excessive soft tissue to ensure maximum comfort. Some patients therefore require minor oral surgery to prepare a healthy supporting base to receive their prosthesis. A common pre-prosthetic oral surgical procedure is smoothing and reshaping the sharp bone edges left behind after teeth are removed. Without the procedure, the sharp bony edges usually cause painful ulcers it rubs against the denture.
Common pre-prosthetic surgical procedures include:
- Jaw ridge reduction
- Bone smoothing and reshaping
- Excess bone removal
- Removal of excess gum tissue