Pre-Prosthetic Surgery San Francisco

Many San Francisco patients need to prepare for dentures or dental implants by undergoing oral surgery prior to their procedure. Based on the quality of bone and gum tissue, the oral surgeons at SF Oral Surgery may recommend a variety of procedures to ensure the best possible outcome. Your pre-prosthetic surgery may include:

  • Removing excess bone.
  • Smoothing bone for a more comfortable fit.
  • Bone graft to achieve the density needed for prosthetic teeth.
  • Shaping gum tissue by removing excess gum tissue.
  • Exposing and possibly removing impacted teeth.

Some San Francisco patients will require more than one of these procedures to provide them with the best fit. Fortunately, these procedures can often be performed during one surgical procedure.

How Am I Evaluated for Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?

Before undergoing any surgical procedure, you will receive a thorough examination that includes:

  • Reviewing X-rays provided by your dentist. You can bring these to SF Oral Surgery or have your dentist send them over before your appointment.
  • Comprehensive physical examination and review of your medical history. Write down any medications or supplements that you currently take to ensure the highest level of accuracy for your treatment plan.
  • Treatment plan that outlines the timeline and procedures required. In some cases, patients will be able to have their pre-prosthetic surgery on the same day as their consultation.

Although each case is different, it is common for our San Francisco patients to require pre-prosthetic surgery to achieve the most comfortable fit.

What Should I Expect During My Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?

There are several procedures that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform to prepare you for dental implants or dentures. During your consultation, one of the oral surgeons at SF Oral Surgery will develop a treatment plan that may include one or more of the following procedures to provide the most secure fit for your denture or dental implant:

  • Bone smoothing and reshaping (alveoloplasty): If you have missing teeth, there is a possibility that your bone has changed shape or form since your tooth extraction. An alveoloplasty will create a smooth and even surface for your surgeon to affix the dental implants. This will provide more stability and a better fit for dentures.
  • Excess bone/bone ridge reduction: The alveolar ridge can shift over time, especially with the loss of teeth. This can cause a larger section of bone to protrude and require removal to accommodate the implants.
  • Excess gum tissue: Your gums cover the teeth and protect roots from bacteria that can cause infection. However, if you have too much gum tissue your teeth will appear small and may irritate your dental implants or prevent the denture from fitting comfortably. Removing excess gum tissue will improve your comfort and smile with minimal surgery.
  • Impacted teeth: Impacted teeth remain below the gum line and may be concealed within the bone. This can present problems for the oral surgeon placing your dental implants because these teeth may block the bone that will anchor your new dental implants to your new prosthetic teeth.

The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at SF Oral Surgery will discuss your entire treatment plan prior to placing your dental implants so that you can understand how to prepare for these procedures.

How Long Will It Take to Recover from Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?

Depending on the exact procedures that are suggested by your oral surgeon, recovery can take anywhere from a week to several months. The crucial aspect of your consultation is to assess how to get the best fit for your prosthetic teeth. Procedures such as gum reshaping and exposing impacted teeth tend to heal within a few days, however, bone reshaping and bone grafting will typically require months of healing before your dental implants can be placed.

The pre-prosthetic surgery performed at SF Oral Surgery can incorporate platelet-rich plasma to speed your recovery and encourage healing.

For more information on pre-prosthetic oral surgery for your dental implants, call our San Francisco office at (415) 776-6710 to schedule a consultation today.