Tooth loss occurs usually from extensive decay, fractures or infections. After the tooth is removed, the surrounding bone can shrink, which causes loss of bone height and width. This can be minimized by preserving the height and width of an extraction socket with a bone graft. This helps when replacing the tooth with an implant, bridge or partial denture.
The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a complete or partial denture or an implant is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery. Some patients require procedures before receiving them that helps to improve comfort, fit and function.
These may include:
A frenectomy is the surgical removal of a frenulum, which are thin bands of tissue found under the tongue and lips. In certain cases, this tissue may restrict the movement of the tongue or lips, could interfere with orthodontic tooth movement, or with placing a denture or implant.