If you have been told you need dentures or another dental prosthesis, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions might be, “How can I best prepare for a proper fit?” Here is what you should know.
First, you should be aware that the construction of a partial or full dental prosthesis is the first step in stabilizing and improving oral function, as well as in addressing overall facial aesthetics. When making this commitment, it is important to have a complete evaluation by a Board Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Your evaluation will include a complete oral, facial, head, and neck clinical examination. We will also use in-office radiography such as Panorex and possibly cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT). We will evaluate your remaining teeth for stability and determine which teeth will be helpful in the long-term stabilization of the planned dental prosthesis. We will also identify non-restorable teeth and recommend them for removal.
A Board Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is uniquely qualified to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that allows all surgical procedures to be completed in a single visit, under general anesthesia if desired. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists that are fully licensed and accredited to provide general anesthesia in an outpatient office setting. This allows us to provide our patients with the most cost effective, time efficient, and comprehensive treatment possible.
In addition, a Board Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon can leave the dental arches and alveolar bone in an ideal state for the construction and comfortable fit of the appropriate dental prosthesis. While any dentist can extract teeth, shaping and refining the bone is best performed by an expert in oral surgery. At this point, patients can decide and plan for restorative treatment, potentially including the placement of dental implants.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are honestly ready to get started, your first and most important decision should be to seek a comprehensive oral-facial evaluation by a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. Our surgeons are experienced, Board Certified, prepared and ready to provide this in depth personalized service. To schedule your first appointment we invite you to contact New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, P.C. today. We have 3 full time, conveniently located offices servicing all of Bergen and Hudson counties, at Hackensack (201-342-7353), Ridgefield (201-941-9494), or North Bergen (201-867-0404) to insure your journey to better oral health.