Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.

The prosthesis is the lab-crafted tooth or denture. When a natural tooth is extracted, the underlying bone might be sharp and uneven. The bone might need to be smoothed or reshaped for the denture or prosthetic to fit comfortably. Occasionally, excess bone may need to be removed prior to placing the denture.

Dr. Stevem Hribernik or Dr. William Gray will examine your profile and explain any essential pre-prosthetic procedures, but please feel free to direct any questions to your oral surgeon so that you fully understand the reason for the treatment as well as the expected outcome.

Possible pre-prosthetic surgery procedures include:

  • Bone smoothing and reshaping
  • Removal of excess bone
  • Bone ridge reduction
  • Removal of excess gum tissue



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*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our physical offices are open by appointment only at this time. However, you can still book a consultation with St. Louis South via HIPAA-compliant virtual conferencing and we are still performing urgent procedures. To request a telemedicine/virtual visit consultation, please fill the form out and select ‘Telehealth Consultation’ or ‘Emergency Services’. Our staff will then contact you to confirm your virtual appointment.


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