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No Tooth Problem Is Too Big To Fix

Posted on March 25th, 2016

You may think, “There’s no way the dentist can fix this problem.”

But we want you to know that you might be surprised.

At Atlanta West Dentistry, our dentists have put in the time and gone through the training to treat some of the most complex dental problems that you can imagine.

And we can’t think of anything more complex than full-mouth reconstruction.

Before you give up hope, make an appointment to see one of our dentists then make the drive to our office in Marietta, GA, to find out what is possible.

Alissa’s Story

A good example of what we are able to do in our office is one of our patients named Alissa. You can listen to her tell her story by clicking here.

Before coming to see us, Alissa had completed a maxillomandibular surgery. During this procedure, the patient’s jaw is moved forward.

Within a few months of her surgery, she noticed discoloration in her mouth. One of the risks of her surgery was a loss of blood flow to part of her mouth.

She called us when she found out about our sedation dentistry options.

During her initial visit with us, we thoroughly examined Alissa’s mouth. We explained what we could do for her, and what she could expect during and after her treatment.

We were able to save some of the teeth that were damaged during her previous surgery, and today she is feeling much better.

It’s Not Magic

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

We only mention this because everything we can do in our practice is based on the many scientific and technology advances in modern dentistry.

Let’s step outside of dentistry for a moment. Imagine what life was like 100 years ago.

Automobiles were just starting to overtake horse-drawn carriages as the primary means of private transportation. Televisions had not yet become a commercial commodity, and computers were still decades away.

Now imagine you brought someone from 1916 (or 1816 or earlier for that matter) into today’s world. What would they think of smartphones that allow us to communicate and access the world’s knowledge in the palms of our hands?

Today, in dentistry, we have access to 3-D digital imaging technology and lasers to use for a variety of dental procedures. Dental implants make it possible to replace missing, lost, and extracted teeth better than ever before.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Even today, you may be wondering how this could be possible, and yet, it is.

A patient who has lost all or most of his or her teeth used to have to settle for dentures and a wish for good luck.

This also meant big changes in his or her diet. Certain foods would no longer be on the menu, and that was just the way life was.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, especially if you come to Atlanta West Dentistry.

As we did for Alissa, we will start with a complete examination of your mouth and the supporting bone structure.

Last fall, we added a cone beam computerized tomography machine. This is like a CT scanner only smaller. It allows us to take hundreds of images of your head, which can be reassembled with technology to create a three-dimensional model.

This information allows us to better identify problems and better plan treatments for our patients.

For someone in need of full-mouth reconstruction, this may involve bone or gum grafts and placement planning for dental implants.

To complete this process, we will add implant-supported dentures, which are a big step up from traditional implants. Adhesives may help keep your dentures in place for short periods of time, but dental implants can hold your dentures securely in place on a permanent basis.

This will improve your confidence when meeting new people or going out in public.

It also restores the function of your mouth. This means you won’t have to give up eating any foods.

With implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to leave anything off your plate because you are worried you won’t be able to bite or chew it.

How Can We Help?

Before you think your mouth is a lost cause, schedule a visit with Atlanta West Dentistry.

We aren’t magicians, and we don’t claim to be. Our office in Marietta, GA, has dentists and a team of professionals who are dedicated to doing everything we can to improve your oral health.

For one patient, that may mean a filling, but for another, it may mean replacing a full arch of teeth. Whatever your needs, make an appointment by filling out our online form or calling our office at (770) 941-6979.