Getting the smile you once had or have always wanted often requires having pre-prosthetic surgery as the first step. Addiction can leave a lasting impact for other people to see. This is often most noticed when you smile because some or all your teeth may have become rotted or have fallen out altogether. You do not have to live with dental damage due to addiction. Lovett Dental’s oral surgeons located in Katy, Texas, have completed rigorous surgical training and are here to help you.
What Is Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?
One or more pre-prosthetic operations are often required as part of maxillofacial surgery. Whereas maxillofacial surgery involves aesthetic aspects of the mouth, pre-prosthetic operations will allow for surgical modification of areas of the mouth. You can have a lasting and comfortable dental procedure moving forward by completing the recommended pre-prosthetic operation first.
It is important to remember that pre-prosthetic operations are often required for a wide range of people — not just recovering addicts. You may need one or more pre-prosthetic operations, and that is nothing to feel ashamed of. Standard procedures on many people will often require a pre-prosthetic operation. These procedures include wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, and dental implant procedures.
There are also a variety of other reasons that people may require a pre-prosthetic operation. These may include:
- Restoring the function of the jaws
- Preserving or improving jaw structure for function
- Improving jaw structure purely for facial aesthetics
- Eliminating existing pain and discomfort
- Reconfiguring the jaws due to disease or abnormality
Why Is It Common for Addicts to Need Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?
American Addiction Centers did a study on how drug abuse can affect dental health. In the study, they acknowledge that each substance damages oral health in unique ways. However, there are some common reasons for poor oral health throughout most substances.
There are many substances that leave users with a dry mouth. This leads to acid production, which contributes to rotting teeth. Acid reflux is another common symptom that addicts experience. Acid reflux puts more acid in the mouth, which provides another way for acid to rot enamel and even damage soft tissue.
A major factor in the destruction of your teeth could be the fact that many substances increase anxiety. This will often lead to teeth grinding, which takes a heavy toll on teeth in a short period of time. There are even some substances that can result in loss of blood flow, which will contribute to rotting teeth and gums.
It is very common for substance users to develop ulcers and sores in the mouth that can become infected. This is because the intake of sugary foods is very high in substance abusers, and the awareness of oral hygiene is very low because their focus is elsewhere — on feeding their addictions.
How Does Lovett Dental Approach Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?
Our oral surgeons in Katy, Texas, are here to help you every step of the way. Besides pre-prosthetic operations, we offer a variety of services that may be part of or proceed your initial procedure:
- Root canal procedures
- Complete orthodontic procedures
- Required periodontics procedures
- Sealants and enamel protectors
- Installation of veneers
- Dental bonding procedures
- Teeth whitening procedures
We also realize the very real fear that people may have around the idea of getting intensive dental work done. Therefore, all our surgeons have training in every aspect of sedation and dental anxiety.
If you have fear or anxiety about getting dental work done, then be sure to tell your dentist and the oral surgeon. You have options available to you to help ease fear and anxiety. These options include local anesthesia, oral sedation, IV Sedation, and general anesthesia. You and your dentist are sure to find a solution that allows you to comfortably complete any recommended dentist procedures.
You deserve help from quality professions in obtaining the smile of your dreams. With our expertly trained surgeons and dentists, there is no dental procedure that we cannot help you with. You do not have to live your sober life being afraid to smile. We know that addiction wreaks havoc on dental health, and we truly believe that recovering from addiction is a reason in and of itself to smile.