Some patients still prefer to use a full or partial denture to replace single or multiple teeth using dental implants. If this treatment plan is right for you, Dr. Shirley may recommend pre-prosthetic surgery first to ensure that your prosthesis fits properly and comfortably in your mouth.

In some patients, the mouth or jaw is not shaped to accommodate the desired tooth replacement method. Because dentures sit on top of the gum tissue, the mouth needs to be the

right shape and size. Pre-prosthetic surgery allows us to deliver maximum stability, comfort, and function of your denture.

Every patient’s mouth is different, so every treatment is different. We customize each treatment plan to a patient’s individual needs and preferences. Preparing the mouth for a denture can include various procedures, and one or more pre-prosthetic treatments may be performed, including:

  • Alveolar ridge reduction

  • Impacted teeth exposure

  • Jaw bone reshaping or smoothing

  • Removal of excess gum tissue or bone

If you have been thinking about tooth replacement for a missing tooth or multiple teeth, we want to help. Dr. Shirley will help you to decide the best tooth replacement option for you, and together with our compassionate office staff, we will assist you every step of the way. We look forward to caring for you.