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Exploring Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

If you are considering teeth replacement options, you have most likely discussed the possibility of dental implants. Widely renowned as the most superior restorative solution for missing teeth, dental implants preserve jawbone density and prevent bone degradation over time, delivering long-lasting results. Are you curious to know if you are eligible for this treatment option? At Affordable Dental Clinics in Greeley, CO, Dr. Stephen Brown will determine your candidacy for dental implants by examining your jawbone density, periodontal health, and lifestyle choices.

Single dental implant

Dental implants not only restore missing teeth but can have significant oral health benefits, as well. 

Your Initial Consultation

During your first visit with Dr. Brown, he will perform a thorough assessment of the teeth, gums, jawbone, joints, and surrounding structures. He will also take x-rays and 3-D scans to evaluate the health of the underlying bone. Diagnostic imaging will help him determine if the jawbone is dense enough to successfully accommodate dental implants.

Millions of patients worldwide have enjoyed the numerous benefits of dental implants.

The Ideal Dental Implant Candidate

Patients eligible for dental implants will be in excellent oral and overall health. It is important to make sure there is no gum disease or tooth decay present. If necessary, restorative treatments or periodontal therapy will be recommended first before considering dental implants. Your complete medical history will be reviewed as well to make sure there are no contraindications to treatment. For example, patients with uncontrollable diabetes may be better suited for alternative teeth replacement options.

Preparatory Procedures

In order for a dental implant to be successful long-term, it must be completely encased in dense, healthy bone. Some patients may lack sufficient jawbone structure and density due to prolonged tooth loss, difficult extractions, genetic conditions, and more. To correct this, a preparatory procedure may be recommended to increase bone density and create a solid foundation for dental implants. These prerequisite treatments may include a:

  • Preservation bone graft: If you must have a tooth extracted prior to dental implant placement, you will most likely require a preservation bone graft. This fills in the socket left behind and keeps the jawbone from collapsing in.
  • Ridge augmentation: If the teeth have been missing for a prolonged period of time, the jawbone can recede, and become too narrow for dental implants. A ridge augmentation increases the width of the bony ridge and creates a strong, sufficient foundation.
  • Sinus lift: When upper molar teeth have been missing for a while, the maxillary sinuses can drop down and occupy the space where the teeth roots were. A sinus lift procedure can raise the sinus membrane to its appropriate location, creating space for dental implants in the jawbone beneath it.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Millions of patients worldwide have enjoyed the numerous benefits of dental implants. While alternative treatment options may last upwards of 15 to 20 years, dental implants can last a lifetime when maintained and cared for properly. Common reasons patients choose dental implants include:

  • Missing teeth: Dental implants are incredibly versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a full dental arch.
  • Ill-fitting restorations: If you have an old dental crown or bridge that is failing, you can replace the restoration with dental implants for long-lasting predictability and optimal oral health.
  • Denture instability: Patients who wear traditional dentures often complain that their prostheses shift and slip out of place. Dental implants can be used to stabilize a denture for a more secure and durable option.

Find Out about Your Dental Implant Candidacy

If you are thinking about dental implant treatment, we can help you establish your eligibility. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown, contact us online or call our office at (970) 353-6249.

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I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.

-Barbara S.
Greeley, CO