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What Happens If Dental Implants Aren’t Right For Me? Atlanta, GA

Are Dental Implants the Answer?

Modern dental implants have been around for just over 40 years. Within the last 20 years, dental implant technology has advanced, due mostly to the introduction of innovative imaging and planning tools and biocompatible materials such as medical-grade titanium. People who have had missing teeth replaced with dental implants enjoy the unparalleled stability and security they offer. Unfortunately, not every patient in need of a tooth replacement solution makes a good candidate for dental implants. Your Atlanta prosthodontist, Dr. David Zelby, would like to discuss some reasons why patients do not qualify for dental implants and talk about the most popular implant alternative.

Why Dental Implants Might Not Work for You

Dr. Zelby strongly believes that before approving any patient for dental implant placement, a dentist must consider several factors:

What is the patient’s general medical condition?
In order to qualify for dental implant placement, you need to be in good overall health. Smoking, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease increase the risk of dental implant failure, so patients dealing with these issues generally do not receive approval for implants.
Does the patient have outstanding oral health problems?
If your dentist finds tooth decay, gum disease, broken teeth, or any other oral health issues, he will want to address those problems first. To ensure the best results, the oral environment needs to be in the best health possible.
Is the patient committed to caring for dental implants?
Caring for your implants does not require special care beyond regular brushing, flossing, and preventive visits to the dentist. However, if you cannot commit to a consistent at-home care routine, dental implants may not be the answer for you.
Does the patient have healthy jaw bone tissue?
Since dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, you must have adequate bone density that can support implants. Your dentist will determine this using digital x-rays and 3D imaging. In some cases, a bone tissue graft procedure can help strengthen a patient’s jaw enough to support implants.

Bridgework: A Time Tested Solution for Missing Teeth

For the most part, when people inquire about dental implant placement, they only need to replace a single missing tooth. If a pre-existing condition prevents you from qualifying for dental implants, a dental bridge offers a great alternative for restoring the look and function of your smile. Dental bridges are anchored between natural-looking crowns placed on the teeth neighboring the missing one. Atlanta dental prosthetic expert, Dr. David Zelby, says that dental bridges generally last for 5-15 years and will help you avoid TMJ disorders, tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems by maintaining proper spacing along the dental arch. Bridges also look entirely natural and will help boost your confidence and quality of life after living with adult tooth loss.

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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What Our Patients Says
Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta

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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