Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Patients frequently choose to utilize a partial or complete denture as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to fabricate any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first ensure that the mouth is fully prepared to support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or afflictions that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the bony ridge may not be ideal to receive the prosthesis. In these cases, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.

Many patients ask, “Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?” Sometimes, the development of our jaw bone is not perfectly shaped to accommodate dental prostheses comfortably or in a stable manner. This can make daily activities like chewing your food extremely difficult or even painful. Because the denture rests on the bony ridge, it is critical to ensure that the ridge has the proper shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit properly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Drs. Aiken and Shessel can reshape your bone to allow your dentist to make a prosthesis that fits well.

There are various procedures that might be performed to prepare your mouth for a denture, and the procedure you receive will be dependent on your mouth’s individual needs.

Common pre-prosthetic procedures include:

  • Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
  • Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
  • Reduction in the size of an alveolar ridge
  • Exposure of impacted teeth

At Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, we want to ensure that you feel as informed and comfortable as possible before your procedure. Our doctors and skilled surgical and office staff will fully discuss treatment options with you and present the best alternatives for tooth replacement. Many patients choose long-term solutions, such as dental implants, in order to restore the best function and aesthetics possible for their mouths.

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3280 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 240, West Wing
Atlanta, GA 30327

Phone: 470-427-2854

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At Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, our top priority is providing the highest level of service possible to each patient who enters our practice. We offer a wide variety of procedures that includes wisdom tooth removal, general tooth extractions, bone grafting procedures, dental implant placement, treatment of oral pathology, and the management of TMJ disorders. Our team strives to serve your needs with compassion and does everything in our power to ensure that every patient is fully informed and comfortable throughout the entirety of their care.


 This website provides dental information and is intended only to assist users in their personal search for an oral surgeon. You are urged to seek the advice of an experienced dentist or a professional before undergoing any dental procedure. The site is not intended for use by individuals with any type of health condition. Such individuals are specifically warned to seek professional medical advice prior to receiving any extensive dental work.