The oral vestibule is the entryway to your mouth. Located between your lips/cheeks and teeth/gums, a healthy oral vestibule is usually the perfect size for your natural teeth.
But if you need dentures, you might need a surgical procedure known as vestibuloplasty, often performed before placement of a prosthetic.
The benefit this pre-prosthetic surgery provides is to deepen your oral vestibule to allow for more surface area and space for full dentures, partial dentures, or implants.
Widening the area might also make it easier to maintain good hygiene around the replacement teeth.
When Do You Need Vestibuloplasty?
A shallow vestibule can make it easier for plaque to accumulate in your mouth, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research.
Plaque buildup can lead to further problems, such as gum inflammation, gum recession, and the development of pockets at the base of your teeth.
If you have already dentures, a shallow vestibule might make it more difficult to:
Vestibuloplasty Aftercare Instructions
After the procedure, your oral surgeon might prescribe a combination of antibiotics, pain relievers, and mouth rinses to help keep the pain and plaque at bay. You'll also receive specific care instructions to follow during your vestibuloplasty recovery time, which might include:
- Keeping the area clean during the healing process
- Eating soft foods
- Following a strict oral care routine
- While recovering, you'll likely visit your oral surgeon for follow-up appointments
After about four weeks, the vestibuloplasty site should be noticeably healed.