Your dentist may need one of our oral surgeons to prepare the gums and bone after teeth have been removed prior to taking impressions to make a set of dentures or a partial denture.
Most of these procedures require a small incision in the gum tissue and some smoothing of the bone. The gum tissue is then closed with sutures. Some sutures absorb and fallout, others may need to be removed at your 1 week postoperative visit.
Each dentist is different, but most will want you to wait at least 4 weeks for the areas to heal prior to taking the impressions for partial or complete dentures.
As with any procedure, you may choose to have local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or IV sedation.
You will be given instructions on diet, medications, and activity. You may need a day to recuperate since you will have some swelling and possible some bruising.
You will be given a prescription for pain medication and possibly, an antibiotic. If you play sports routinely or perform manual labor at work, let your doctor know. We can discuss when you can safely resume your activities.
This is a common procedure and as with all surgery, there are a few potential risks. Your procedure and any risks will be discussed with you at your evaluation appointment.