Older Woman Hugging Husband Inside HomeThe process of having dental implants placed is a very precise one, which is why only dentists with the proper training and expertise should place them. At Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown, our doctors have this qualification and training. When you’re ready to learn more about the dental implants procedure, you should call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

While this procedure is truly life-changing and the best tooth replacement option on the market, there are considerations our doctors must make in determining whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure. In truth, you can only know if you qualify for dental implants by visiting one of our doctors at Clagett Dental for a one-on-one consultation, but we want to give you a brief overview of the general requirements here, so keep reading to learn more.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone by one of our doctors. After they have been placed, the dental implants will permanently fuse to the jawbone, creating a permanent bond. Because they have been placed directly into the jawbone, they act as replacement tooth roots and provide stimulation to the jawbone. This stimulation keeps the jawbone strong and healthy and allows it to maintain its shape.

After your dental implants have been placed, you will come back to visit our doctors at Clagett Dental to have your permanent crowns placed. This is the final step of the dental implants procedure, and after your new prosthetic teeth have been securely locked in place, they will look and function like natural teeth. In fact, Elizabethtown patients who have dental implants are able to bite, chew, smile, and speak without any limitations!

What Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

There are several factors our doctors will consider when determining whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. Typically, Elizabethtown men and women who have healthy jawbone structure and are missing one or more teeth are good candidates. However, as we already discussed, you’ll need to visit our doctors for an initial consultation to be sure.

During your consultation, our doctors will examine your mouth and area or areas of concern, take x-rays and images, make impressions, and talk to you about your desired results. Then they will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will suit your needs and give you the results you’re looking for.

Another important thing to consider when determining candidacy for dental implants is the type of implants you choose to have:

Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants are placed in stages and can replace one or more missing teeth. This type of dental implant is a good option for Elizabethtown patients who have a healthy jawbone and do not require any pre-surgeries. The entire process of having traditional dental implants placed can be lengthy, but don’t let this scare you. The wait is worth it and can truly change your life.

All-on-4

For Elizabethtown patients who do not have adequate jawbone tissue and need an entirely new set of teeth, the All-on-4 dental implants procedure could be the best choice. All-on-4 dental implants only need 4-6 implants per arch of teeth and are only placed into healthy jawbone, which prevents the need for a bone graft prior to placement. This minimally invasive procedure provides the needed stimulation to your jawbone, so your face structure remains intact, and you can regain complete oral function as well!

Let Our Doctors at Clagett Dental Restore Your Smile

If you’re ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, don’t hesitate to call our office today. A member of our friendly team is here to help you and can schedule your initial consultation with one of our doctors.

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