Unlocking the Secret to Dental Implant Success: Navigating the Candidacy Process
Determining implant candidacy is a crucial step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile with dental implants. As a long-term solution for missing or severely damaged teeth, dental implants offer a range of benefits, from improved oral function to enhanced confidence and self-esteem. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this procedure. Factors such as age, overall health, and the condition of the jawbone are important considerations that can impact whether or not our Decatur, GA dentist, Dr. Jocelyn Spaulding recommends a patient for dental implants.
Do you qualify for dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent option for many patients, but they are not suitable for everyone. Good candidates have some of the following qualities:
- Healthy jawbone density
- Good oral health
- Non-smoker or willing to quit
- Good overall health
One of the most important factors in determining implant candidacy is the amount of jawbone density a patient has. The implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone and fuses with the bone tissue over time, providing a stable foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth. If a patient has insufficient jawbone density, a supplemental procedure may be necessary.
If a patient does not have sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants, Dr. Spaulding may recommend a supplemental procedure*, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. Both of these procedures can help to increase the amount of bone in the jaw, making it possible for the patient to receive implants.
A bone graft involves transplanting bone tissue from another area of the body or using synthetic bone material to build up the jawbone. This procedure can take several months to heal fully before the implant can be placed.
A sinus lift is a procedure that involves adding bone to the upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars. This is necessary when the sinus cavity has expanded, which can cause insufficient bone for implants. This procedure can take several months to heal fully before the implant can be placed.
These supplemental procedures require careful consideration and planning, and Dr. Spaulding will work closely with each patient to determine the best course of action for their specific needs.
*These procedures may not be available at Spaulding Dentistry
Ready to Smile Again? Contact Dr. Spaulding to Learn More About Dental Implants
If you are struggling with missing or damaged teeth, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Dental implants can restore your smile and give you the confidence to live your life to the fullest. Dr. Spaulding and his team are here to help you achieve the smile you deserve. Don’t wait any longer to take the first step towards a happier, healthier life. Call us today at (404) 634-5738 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how dental implants can transform your life.