Pre-Prosthetic Surgery


Receiving a partial or complete denture might require pre-prosthetic surgery before treatment begins. Dr. William Schiro of Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center in Lansing, Michigan is an expert at performing pre-prosthetic surgery procedures that ensure dentures fit perfectly. Learn more by calling the friendly staff at his practice.

What is pre-prosthetic surgery?

Any minor oral surgical procedures Dr. Schiro determines you need before you’re a good candidate for a partial or complete denture falls under the umbrella of pre-prosthetic surgery.

Since dentures sit directly on top of the bone ridge, it’s critical that this ridge and surrounding bone tissue are the correct size and shape. When Dr. Schiro needs to reshape bone tissue or cut away excess bone to ensure the perfect fit for your dentures, he includes pre-prosthetic surgery in your personalized treatment plan.

Why is pre-prosthetic surgery necessary?

Pre-prosthetic surgery adequately prepares your mouth for a partial or complete denture fitting. When Dr. Schiro performs these procedures, he reshapes, reduces, or removes hard and soft tissues to ensure your prosthesis fits your mouth correctly and doesn't increase your risk for gum disease or other oral health issues.

Whether you require pre-prosthetic surgery depends on your specific case.

How does pre-prosthetic surgery work?

Dr. Schiro performs pre-prosthetic surgery in his office under local anesthesia. To create the ideal placement site for your partial or complete dentures, he uses specialized tools to perform the following:


  • Smooth and reshape the uneven bone
  • Remove excess bone
  • Reduce bone ridge levels
  • Smoothe the gums and bone ridge
  • Remove excess gum tissue
  • Expose impacted teeth

Before and after surgery, Dr. Schiro takes 3D scans of the mouth and jaw to ensure there’s adequate tissue available to accommodate your new dentures.

Am I a candidate for pre-prosthetic surgery?

If you’ve had excessive gum tissue or jaw bone loss because of gum disease or other reasons, you might need pre-prosthetic surgery to restore it. To determine if this is true in your case, Dr. Schiro performs a thorough evaluation using 3D scanning technology.

Abnormal bone development in certain areas of the mouth might also require pre-prosthetic surgery before successful denture placement. Partial or complete dentures might not fit properly or could become loose if you have areas with uneven amounts of bone tissue.

Pre-prosthetic surgery smooths out the bone, so your dentures fit tightly against the gums.

What can I expect after pre-prosthetic surgery?

You might experience mild pain and discomfort after pre-prosthetic surgery. All procedures are performed under local anesthetic, so it’s normal to feel some pain after the anesthesia wears off.

After your surgery, when you’re ready, Dr. Schiro takes the time to talk to you about aftercare to ensure your healing goes as it should. He may recommend using an antimicrobial mouth rinse and taking prescribed antibiotics or painkillers, depending on the type of surgery performed. In some cases, you receive a soft surgical splint to support the healing process.

For pre-prosthetic surgery performed by an expert who’s supported by a friendly and compassionate staff, call Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center.

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