Vestibular Surgery

Lengthening upper and lower jaws after premature tooth loss.

 Sometimes after tooth loss a patient may experience their upper and lower jaws shrinking in size. This is more common following the premature loss of teeth.

This condition can cause a number of problems for the patient, both functional and cosmetic:

  • Shrinking upper and lower jaws can make it hard or impossible to fit most dental prostheses, including complete dentures
  • A diminished jaw height can alter a person’s facial structure and, ultimately, their physical appearance

The Vestibular Surgery Procedure

A vestibular surgery procedure typically begins with the administration of a general anesthetic to the patient.

The periodontists will then reposition the soft tissues to lengthen the vestibule – the area between the lip and teeth. Additional tissue may be taken from the patient’s palate.

A successful vestibular lengthening will allow for maintenance of the exposed jaw and will also provide a more durable and secure surface for a denture or other prosthesis.

Schedule a Vestibular Lengthening Procedure with Stoner Periodontic Specialists

Dr. Jason C.  Stoner and Dr. Daniel Murphy perform vestibular surgery at their Dublin and New Albany offices in Columbus, Ohio. Please call (614) 889-8222 ‎or click here to schedule an online appointment.