Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Dr. John Highsmith is very aware of the importance of replacing teeth that have become missing, lost, or extracted. Without replacement options, patients may face a new set of problems, including reduced chewing and speaking efficiency and misaligned teeth. His practice in Clyde, NC is pleased to offer a range of solutions, including dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

Our dentist describes an implant as a titanium post planted into the bone of the jaw to anchor a restoration in place to act as a false tooth. In many situations, this may include a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture. These restorations have many benefits, including longevity, beauty, and full functionality.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

In most situations, a patient may be a desirable candidate for a dental implant. However, preparation might be needed. Patients who have periodontal disease or tooth decay will need to address these issues prior to having dental implants placed. Additionally, patients who do not have enough bone to support the implant may need to speak to their dentist about preparatory procedures such as bone grafting. Bone grafting builds up the bone of the jaw to prepare it for the placement of a dental implant to ensure a successful result.

How does a dentist determine candidacy for dental implants?

In short, most dentists can determine a patient’s candidacy with the use of dental x-rays. These x-rays are used in checking the strength and durability of the natural bone to decide if it will accept a dental implant. In some cases, patients may be referred to a specialist for bone grafting to ensure successful oral surgery. The dentist may also be able to decide if a patient is a candidate based on their oral health and wellness and their dental health history.

Interested in determining if you are a candidate for dental implants?

Clyde, NC area patients can connect with Dr. John Highsmith to learn more about implants and other tooth replacement solutions available. The practice is located at 78 Nelson Street and can be reached by phone at (828) 627-9282.

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