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Dental Implants Complications Atlanta, GA

Potential Problems with Dental Implant Candidacy

Although, rare there are times when dental implants complications occur. If you have lost a single tooth or several teeth, you have firsthand experience with the self-esteem issues and reduced quality of life associated with adult tooth loss. In fact, since you’ve found our blog, you have probably spent some time researching your tooth replacement options. As you’ve likely already learned, dental implants offer the very best solution for replacing missing teeth. Made of biocompatible titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jaw, dental implants can secure crowns, bridges, and even full dentures in place. However, not every person who has a few teeth missing qualifies for dental implant placement. Dr. David Zelby, an Atlanta dentist and dental implant specialist, discusses complications that could impact your candidacy for this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Compromised Bone Density

The Problem
A number of disorders ranging from osteoporosis, arthritis, and advanced periodontitis can weaken the density of the jaw bone. In addition, people who have had missing teeth for several years often have compromised bone density around the site of the missing tooth. Without a strong, healthy jaw bone to support the implant, most dentists will not consider placing implants.
Solution
If you have compromised jaw bone around the site where you need a tooth replacement, a skilled maxillofacial surgeon can perform a bone graft. Using your own natural bone cells or synthetically-derived cells, a bone graft encourages bone growth and can strengthen your jaw enough to support a dental implant.

Gum Disease or Periodontitis

The Problem
Gum disease poses an interesting quandary. Very often, people who have lost teeth to advanced gum disease seek out dental implants as a tooth replacement solution. However, dental implants can still have problems with developing the signature inflammation associated with gum disease.
Solution
Dr. Zelby believes that a patient should bring the health of their teeth and gums up to the most optimal level possible before proceeding with dental implant placement. In most cases this will entail deep cleaning, including scaling and root planing, and antibiotic treatment. In many cases, your dentist will also want you to demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a consistent at-home oral hygiene routine.

Tobacco Use

The Problem
Most implant dentists and oral surgeons will not place dental implants in patients who regularly chew or smoke tobacco products. In general, smokers and chewers have poor healing ability and reduced blood flow, leading to a greatly increased chance of dental implant failure.
Solution
While the solution is simple – quit smoking or chewing tobacco – actually quitting can prove a major challenge. Choosing a program that helps you modify the behaviors that prompt your desire for a cigarette, like the SmokeFree.gov program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, can offer the support you need. Once you’ve quit, your body will very quickly recover its optimal healthy function and your dentist can reconsider dental implant placement.

Dental Implants with Your Atlanta Dentist

To learn whether you qualify for dental implants, call Dr. David Zelby at (770) 955-0550. Dr. Zelby and the expert team at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta provide a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to help you achieve the best smile of your life. Our Atlanta dentist office proudly serves patients in Marietta, Smyrna, East Cobb, Buckhead, Vinings, and Metro Atlanta.

Posted on behalf of Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta

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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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