Pre-Prosthetics Specialist

Oral Surgeons located in San Antonio, Seguin, and New Braunfels, TX

Oral Surgeons located in San Antonio, TX & New Braunfels, TX

A pre-prosthetic evaluation is an important part of preparing your gums and jaws for an optimal denture fit. Board-certified oral surgeons Michael Casillas, DDS; Michael Gissell Jr., DDS, MD; and LaVan Parker III, DDS, at San Antonio Surgical Arts have the experience and specialized training to evaluate your gums and perform pre-prosthetic surgery. Learn more about how the team can help you by scheduling a consultation at one of their five offices throughout San Antonio, Seguin, and New Braunfels, Texas. Book online or over the phone today.

Pre-Prosethetics Q & A

Why do I need a pre-prosthetic evaluation?

If you need to wear dentures, a pre-prosthetic evaluation can ensure they fit seamlessly in your mouth. You should consider booking a pre-prosthetic evaluation if:

  • This will be your first time wearing dentures
  • Your current dentures don’t fit properly
  • You have a large frenulum that leads to pain while wearing dentures

Your pre-prosthetic evaluation is also an opportunity to discuss any questions and concerns with your oral surgeon. They can also let you know if you are going to need pre-prosthetic surgery to better prepare your gums and jawbone for prostheses.

Why would I need an alveoloplasty?

Tooth extraction often leaves your jaw uneven, with jagged points where your socket used to be. Those points can cause instability and pain if you wear dentures.

What is a torus or exostosis?

You may need a torus or exostosis removed if you are going to wear dentures to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. In some cases, you might also need tori removal to prepare for implants or if you have chronic pain or inflammation in the tissue covering your torus or exostosis.

When should I consider pre-prosthetic surgery?

The ultimate goal of your pre-prosthetic surgery is to prepare your oral soft and hard tissues for prostheses. During your pre-prosthetic exam at San Antonio Surgical Arts, your dedicated oral surgeon may take X-rays to better evaluate the health of your bone and gum tissue.

They then design your pre-prosthetic surgery procedure based on your needs. This specialized procedure can also help:

  • Improve your facial contours
  • Restore your jaw function
  • Enhance swallowing and chewing abilities
  • Preserve jaw and gum tissue

Your pre-prosthetic surgery may involve tissue grafting to better provide support for your new dentures, or it could involve removing tissue that might be blocking comfortable denture wear, among other processes.