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Oral Surgery to Improve the Fit of Your Dentures
Oral surgery can improve the fit of your dentures if there are concerns with the comfort of wearing them. There are different types of oral surgery that a dentist might recommend to improve how a patient wears dentures, and the recommended type of oral surgery depends on the specific concern that the patient has.
Oral surgery for better dentures fit
Learning more about the role oral surgery plays in improving the comfortability of dentures can help you decide if treatment is right for you. The following is a complete review of oral surgery for dentures, including the different types of oral surgery available, the benefits of treatment and what to expect throughout the oral surgery process.
Different types of oral surgery before dentures
There are several different types of oral surgery that a dentist may recommend to improve the fit of dentures. These include but are not limited to:
- Removal of excess bone
- Bone smoothing and reshaping
- Gum tissue grafting or removal
- Impacted tooth extraction
- Bone ridge reduction
A common procedure is known as an alveoloplasty. This involves shaping and smoothing out the bone and gums to allow for a better denture fit. Depending on the patient’s specific situation, the dentist may also recommend the removal of impacted teeth, bone ridge reduction or the removal of excess bone that causes a rough surface along the gums.
The benefits of oral surgery for dentures
Each patient has a unique experience and receives specific benefits from oral surgery. Of course, the main benefit is a more comfortable denture fit. Other potential benefits may include:
- Improved appearance
- Better ability to speak
- Easier to eat tougher foods
- Better breath
- Reduced soreness and discomfort
Essentially, oral surgery aims to solve the specific issues that the patient has with their dentures. Each treatment plan is tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient, and treatment may involve a variety of oral surgery and other forms of treatment.
When to consider oral surgery for dentures
Oral surgery is worth considering for anyone who has issues with the feel, look or function of their dentures. Dentures should fit comfortably, and when non-surgical methods of improving fit do not work, then a minimally-invasive oral surgery, such as bone smoothing and reshaping, is often the best solution. Be sure to discuss any issues that you are having with dentures with your dentist and discuss all potential treatment options.
What to expect during oral surgery treatment
Oral surgery is different for every patient, depending on the type of oral surgery, the age of the patient and various other factors. Most dentists do everything possible to make the treatment process as least invasive as possible. Most patients do not feel much, if any, pain during the oral surgery procedure, although there will likely be a recovery time following the procedure.
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