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Atlanta Cosmetic Dentist Discusses the Art and Science of Prosthodontics Atlanta, GA

One of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, prosthodontics refers to the use of dental prosthetics to restore the beauty, function, and health of a patient’s mouth after tooth damage or loss. To become a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete three years of additional study after earning their dental degree. Considered one of the more rigorous courses of post-graduate study, of the 170,000 general dentists in the U.S., only about 3200 are certified prosthodontists. Dr. David Zelby, your Atlanta prosthodontist, discusses just a few of the key aspects of this demanding, yet rewarding, field.

What Problems Does Prosthodontics Address?

In a nutshell, prosthodontists can treat or replace missing or damaged teeth. Of course, the everyday practice of prosthodontics covers a huge range of problems including:

  • Chipped, decayed, or broken teeth
  • One or more missing teeth
  • Full mouth rehabilitation
  • Pain and wear associated with TMJ disorders
  • Reconstruction after trauma or disease (such as oral cancer)

A trained prosthodontist strives to return your normal ability to chew and speak, as well as restore and even enhance the beauty of your smile. To achieve optimal results, a prosthodontist must possess both clinical skill and an artist’s eye.

Dental Implants: The Cutting Edge of Tooth Replacement

Whether a person loses a single tooth or is missing multiple teeth, a prosthodontist might recommend dental implants for tooth replacement. While dental implants may not be the best option for every patient, those who qualify describe having a dental implant as indistinguishable from having a natural tooth. Instead of resting above the gum line, dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw and mimic the crown-and-root structure of a real tooth. This results in a level of stability and security unmatched by any other dental prosthetic. A skilled prosthodontist can use a dental implant capped with a crown to replace a single tooth or he can secure a bridge, partial denture, or full dentures using implants.

Dental Prosthetics Options for Every Patient

Dental implants do not work for every patient. Luckily, prosthodontists have a full arsenal of tooth replacement and reparative options to fit everyone’s unique needs. These options include:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Cosmetic dental bonding
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures

Every patient has singular needs and a skilled prosthodontist will develop a customized treatment plan to address each individual case.

Missing or Damaged Teeth in Atlanta

If you live with the discomfort, embarrassment, and reduced quality of life associated with missing or damaged teeth, call Dr. David Zelby at (770) 955-0550. Dr. Zelby and the expert team at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta can return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty. Our Atlanta dentist office proudly serves patients in Marietta, Smyrna, East Cobb, Vinings, Buckhead and the Metro Atlanta region.

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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.

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!

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