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Implant supported dentures have dental implants placed in the bone of your jaw toward the front of your mouth. This is where you have the greatest amount of bone in your jaw and fewer nerves that could affect the placement of the implants.

Healthy and sufficient bone is required for any dental implant procedure. Your dentist will first verify that you have enough bone for dental implants. If there is significant bone loss, you may be a candidate for bone grafting. This is done in order to provide enough bone in your jaw to sustain the implant.

The time frame to complete the actual implant will vary, but six months is common. It may take less time if the dental implant is being placed in your lower jaw and more time if placed in the upper jaw. Bone grafting could add as much as six months to the overall time.

After you’ve made the decision to have dental implant supported dentures, we will take x-rays and create impressions of your teeth. A computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth will be taken to determine the exact position of your sinuses and nerves. This will also provide us with information to determine if there is enough bone available. The scans will serve as a guide for the ideal locations for the dental implant placements. From the impressions of your teeth and gums, your temporary dentures will be designed.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure for implant supported dentures usually requires two simple surgeries. The first will be to place the actual dental implant, and the second will be to expose the top of the implant. After the first surgery, the implant itself will be below your gum and not exposed. There are “immediate load” implants that consist of only one surgery, where the implant is placed and the supporting bar is placed in one step. You may be a candidate for the immediate implant supported denture, and this option may be discussed at your consultation.

For the first surgery, an incision is made in your gum where the implant will be placed. A small incision is made by your oral surgeon into the jawbone, and the implant is placed. The opening in your gum is then stitched closed. After three to five weeks, you can wear your temporary dentures. Your dentist will give the dentures what is called a “soft reline,” which gives a new lining next to your gums. Over the next four to five months, the implant will attach and fuse (osseointegrate) to your bone, and the second surgery will be scheduled.

Once your dentist confirms that the implant is well fused in the bone, the second surgery will uncover the tops of the implants. A collar called a healing abutment will be placed on top of each implant head. The collar promotes proper gum growth and will be worn for about two weeks. At your following appointment, you’ll have the healing abutments removed, and the regular abutments will be placed. Another impression will be made to make a full model of your mouth with the new abutments in place.

Your new dentures will now be custom crafted by our laboratory. A bar will be placed on the dental implants, and your new dentures will be placed, properly fitted and secured. Contact our practice to schedule your exam and consultation for implant supported dentures. The prosthodontists at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta will help you achieve oral health and the perfect smile with your new implant supported dentures.

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I was recommended this practice from another dentist who told me this is where she would send her own family. I can definitely see why. This is a state of the art practice that is clean, modern, and well lit. The staff did a superb job.

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Everything about my experience was enjoyable. I felt like the practice used all of the most advanced and best technology out there which gave me a wonderful feeling of confidence. They were very professional and straight forward and I have never had a better dentistry experience. I'd highly recommend checking them out if you're looking for a new dentist. They're friendly and efficient and they really do know what they're doing there.

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Dr Zelby has been my dentist now for almost 17 years. Not only is he a really nice person, his dentistry is completely top notch. If you need any restorations, I don't think that there is another place to even consider. You'll be amazed with his work!

Brian S.

Dr. Levine was great, and Dr. Zelby stopped by and answered some questions I had about sheering forces on enamel. They were both very friendly, and the hygenist (whose name I forget, unfortunately) gave one of the most thorough cleanings I've ever had. The office was clean, the devices all seem shiny and well maintained, and overall it was a great experience

Benjamin S.

After going to another dentist, doctor Zelby was able to fix my front two teeth so that the front two teeth were back to the same length and color. I'm so thankful he was able to make them look normal again. Dr. Zelby and his staff are so pleasant to be around as well. I highly recommend this office if you have a major problem with your teeth that need to be fixed. He can get it done and he will make sure you are happy.

Carrie G.

I had been going to the same dentist for many years and switched to Aesthetic and Implant recently. My experience with Dr Levine was incredible. I cannot be happier with the decision I made. The cleaning and other services I received were well above and beyond any other I have ever had. Highly recommend this practice to everyone!

Matthew G.

Couldn't be happier! Absolutely worth the travel time. Dr Zelby is without doubt the best - caring, knowledgeable, reassuring and very professional. Couldn't ask for better dentistry. Staff also very competent and professional. Beautiful, clean environment

Diane W.

Megan is the best dental hygienist I’ve ever had. She does a phenomenal job keeping your teeth clean, is super nice, and makes you feel right at home. The whole staff is very friendly and I couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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