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Are There Risk Involved in Dental Implants? Atlanta, GA

Dental implant surgery does include a risk, although the complications are rarely serious. Surgery on the jaw has the possibility of causing nerve damage or bruising to the surrounding area. This can cause a slight lack of sensation to the lower lip. While most nerve damage does heal, there are incidences in which the nerve damage is permanent. When an implant is placed next to a natural tooth, it is possible that the root of the natural tooth could be affected. For many patient the natural tooth will heal or your doctor may suggest root canal treatment.

Most treatment is successful and the benefits usually outweigh any chances of risk. Patient lives are greatly enhanced by no longer suffering with removable prosthetics, such as dentures or partials. The advantages of saving the surrounding teeth are an advantage to the patient as surrounding healthy teeth can become damaged or eventual bone loss may occur due to removable dental prosthetics. With today’s technology and modern techniques, dental implants are the treatment of choice for most people with missing teeth. Your dentist will perform a variety of test and a complete medical screening to determine if you will be a successful candidate. A comprehensive oral health exam will further predict the chances of success and reduce any potential risk to the patient. The trend toward dental implants will continue to grow as the life expectancy of our population increases. The fact is, most people will out live their teeth.

Most treatments are successful and the benefits outweigh the risk.

David Zelby, D.D.S., a prosthodontist at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, works in tandem with an oral surgeon in treating his dental implant patients. A prosthodontist is a specialist in dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), which focuses on the restoration of teeth. Bringing a higher level of education to the procedure, the prosthodontist is the “architect,” of the dental implant team. He will construct and correctly place the “crown,” for the implant placed in the jaw. We have achieved a high level of success both in fewer complications and greater satisfaction of the patient when taking a specialist team approach to the procedure, says Dr. Zelby. Working with an oral surgeon or periodontist to perform the actual surgery and placement of the implant the prosthdontist places and constructs a tooth that looks, feels and performs just like your natural tooth. One of the important factors in the success of the procedure is patient education. Knowing what to expect and having your questions answered before treatment increases the likelihood of a satisfactory result. If considering dental implants, research the complete implant procedure, talk to other patients who have completed dental implant treatment and ask your dentist to view completed cases of actual patients.

Posted on behalf of Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta

200 Galleria Pkwy SE, Suite 1830
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 955-0550

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4.8 / 5

Based on 30 reviews

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.

James R.

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.

Meghan D.

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!

Vincent C.
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