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Dental Implants: The Best Replacement for Missing Teeth Atlanta, GA

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 178 million American adults have one or more missing teeth. The most common causes of tooth loss in adults include advanced gum disease and severe tooth decay resulting from poor oral hygiene and a diet abundant in sugary, starchy foods and drinks. Of course, many adults lose teeth as a result of accidental injury incurred during a collision or while playing rough contact sports. Regardless of what caused the loss of an adult tooth, you should seek tooth replacement as soon as possible since missing teeth can lead to a host of significant oral health problems. Dr. David Zelby, an experienced Atlanta dentist and prosthodontist, discusses what dental experts consider to be the gold standard of tooth replacements: dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants refer to small screw-like devices that secure a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or denture into place along the dental arch. Dental implants were designed to replace tooth roots whose primary function includes exerting force within the jaw to maintain healthy bone density. Most implants are constructed from titanium, a metal noted for its strength and biocompatibility.

What Happens During the Dental Implant Procedure?

Dental implant placement usually requires three separate procedures:

  1. Planning and placing the implant. An oral surgeon uses high-tech imaging tools to plan where to place the implant. After planning, the surgeon inserts the implant in the jawbone. The implant will be allowed to heal and become an integrated part of the surrounding tissue, a process that usually takes 3-6 months.
  2. Inserting the abutment. An essential part of the total procedure, the abutment connects the implant to the crown, bridge, or dentures.
  3. Placing the restoration. Dental implant restorations refer to the dental prosthetic your prosthodontist places on top of the implant to replace your missing teeth. Restorations are custom fitted and handcrafted to guarantee an optimal fit.

The total dental implant placement process could take anywhere from 6-12 months to complete, depending on a variety of factors. However, Dr. Zelby notes that with proper care you can enjoy the improved looks, health, and function of dental implants for lifetime.

Are Dental Implants Better than Traditional Bridges and Dentures?

As a replacement for missing teeth, dental implants offer several significant advantages over traditional dental prosthetics. For instance, bridgework and dentures only replace the crown portion of a missing tooth, that part that shows above the gum line. Dental implants replace the total root-and-crown structure of a real tooth and therefore provide the pressure needed within the bone tissue to support optimal jaw health. Furthermore, removable dentures constantly slip, slide, and come loose while wearers are speaking, chewing, laughing, and yawning. Dental implants, which can be used to secure both partial dentures and full dentures, offer unparalleled security and stability. They do not slip or slide and, unlike removable dentures, implant-secured dentures do not have to be replaced every 3-5 years.

Dental Implants with Your Atlanta Dentist

To learn more about whether dental implants might work for you, 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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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!

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