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Adult Tooth Loss: Advice and Inspiration from Your Atlanta Dentist Atlanta, GA

Let’s begin by taking a little quiz.

Do you think the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults is:

  1. Tooth decay,
  2. Sports injuries,
  3. Gum disease, or
  4. Car accidents?

While these factors contribute to the approximately 178 million U.S. adults missing one or more teeth, advanced gum disease is responsible for the highest volume of lost teeth. Unfortunately, many people resign themselves to tooth loss as they age and accept the reduced quality of life associated with missing teeth as inevitable. This simply is not the case. Dr. David Zelby, a respected Atlanta dentist and prosthodontist, discusses some health problems associated with adult tooth loss, proven methods for keeping your teeth as you age, and advice for helping people live life to the fullest after tooth loss.

Health Problems Associates with Missing Teeth

Whether you have lost one or two teeth or you don’t have a single tooth left in your mouth, you will probably have to deal with one of a number of associated health problems:

  • TMJ dysfunction: Even a single missing tooth will encourage your remaining teeth to move out of alignment. As your teeth shift, it can place extra stress on your jaw joints (the TMJs), causing pain, aches, ringing in the ears, popping and clicking sounds, and a range of other symptoms.
  • Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease: As your remaining teeth shift in the dental arch, they create tight or overlapping spaces that are hard to clean with normal brushing and flossing. As plaque builds up, your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease go up as well.
  • General poor health: People with no remaining teeth have to eat a restricted diet of soft foods. This greatly limits the variety and quantity of nutrients they consume, resulting in poor overall health and increasing the chances of developing systemic disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

How to Keep Your Teeth for Life

In all honesty, no one can guarantee you will keep your teeth for life. However, Dr. Zelby asserts that you can greatly increase your chances by making the following four behaviors into regular habits:

  1. Brush your teeth at least two times every day for two minutes at a time.
  2. Floss every day just before bedtime.
  3. Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
  4. Reduce the amount of sugary drinks and foods you consume.

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health

If you have already lost a tooth or having been living with a gummy smile for years, your Atlanta prosthodontist (that’s a dentist who specializes in creating replacement teeth) can offer a variety of options for filling in the gaps in your smile. Traditional options such as bridgework and partial or full dentures can restore your ability to speak normally and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods. Dr. Zelby suggests people with missing teeth also look into dental implants, the new gold standard of tooth replacement options. Dental implants function like natural tooth roots and can be topped with porcelain crowns to replace one or two missing teeth. Dental implants can even support a full set of dentures!

Restoring Atlanta’s Smiles

If you have one or more missing teeth and want to learn how dental prosthetics can return your quality of life, 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, Buckhead, Vinings, and Metro Atlanta.

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 and Implant Dentistry of Atlanta

4.9 / 5

Based on 136 reviews

Dr. Zelby was recommended to me by both my dentist and periodontist. I could not agree more. the kindness, caring, and professionalism that I experienced at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta is above and beyond. I highly recommend Dr. Zelby, his assistants, and the staff. I couldn't be happier with my new teeth and wish I had done this years ago! five stars to you guys

Catherine W.

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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Atlanta, GA 30339

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