What Makes a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
Many dentists consider dental implants to be the gold standard of restorative dentistry. Before we restore your smile, there are several steps our dentists can take to make you an ideal candidate for dental implants. Revolutionary advancements in dental technology and treatments allow our dentists to improve your dental implant candidacy like never before.
Learn more about dental implant candidacy with our guide below.
Dental implants may be the right solution for you, if:
You want the longest-lasting, most natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.
Dental implants are so revolutionary because they reliably look and function just like your natural teeth. These highly durable restorations provide excellent support and can last a lifetime with proper care. Plus, Dr. Stovall uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver permanent results that improve your smile.
You want to protect your whole-body health.
Many of the health benefits associated with implants are attributed to a natural process called osseointegration. This necessary process allows the implants to fuse with your jawbone, replacing the missing tooth root. Thanks to osseointegration, replacing missing teeth with dental implants reduces oral infections, jaw bone loss, shifting teeth, and signs of aging.
You want to live your life confidently and freely.
Dental implants offer unmatched benefits over other methods. Unlike traditional dentures, your implants mimic the structure of your teeth for maximum support and strength which improves your speech, smile, and confidence.
You want to feel good about your smile.
Smiling generates happiness and goodwill, but tooth loss can quickly discourage you to share this friendly expression. Our dental implants will restore your confidence to smile — enhancing your mood and improving your overall well-being.
Improving Your Dental Implant Candidacy
Dr. Stovall will thoroughly examine your mouth and assess the density of your jawbone during your consultation. Some patients experience jawbone deterioration after losing their teeth because there is no stimulation to the tooth socket. However, your implants need a sturdy foundation to succeed.
Thankfully, we offer supplemental procedures such as bone grafting to restore your weakened jawbone and improve your dental implant candidacy. The stronger the jawbone beneath your restoration is, the more reliable it is. Learn more about supplemental procedures and dental implant candidacy by scheduling your consultation at Stovall Dental.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is everyone suitable for dental implants?
Most people are good candidates for the dental implant surgery, however, Dr. Stovall will thoroughly examine your oral health to determine if you meet the requirements. For example, you’ll need to have good overall oral health and sufficient bone density for the surgery to be successful.
The best way to determine eligibility is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stovall by calling (919) 583-7081. During the consultation, we’ll examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will address any needs prior to the dental implant procedure.
Can you be too old for dental implants?
Dental implants are suitable for people of all ages. They’re the preferred method for tooth replacement because they can last a lifetime. Unlike other restoration procedures, dental implants actually increase your bone density, thereby preventing deterioration.
You won’t have slippage or difficulty speaking like with traditional dentures and you’ll quickly become accustomed to their natural look and feel. We have several dental implant solutions to fit your needs. If you’re interested in discussing which treatment option would be best for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stovall.
Will insurance cover dental implants?
Insurance may cover a portion of the procedure. However, dental implants are classified as a cosmetic procedure and typically aren’t completely covered by insurance. We recommend contacting your provider prior to your appointment to get a better understanding of your coverage. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (919) 583-7081.
How long is the dental implant process?
The dental implant process typically takes 6 months and includes two surgeries and one procedure. The length of time it takes for the process to be complete depends on several factors including the length of time it takes for your bone to heal around the implant, a process known as osseointegration. Other factors include:
- If you need prior tooth extractions
- Your gum health
- Bone density
For a more accurate timeframe, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stovall. During the consultation, Dr. Stovall will create a customized treatment plan that will include an accurate timeline.
Learn More About Dental Implant Candidacy at Stovall Dental
Our Goldsboro restorative dentists work hard to create the best possible solutions for your stunning smile. That’s why our dentists work with you to build your dental implant candidacy. We can help more patients than ever before to receive the restorations of their dreams.
Discuss your dental implant candidacy by contacting us at (phone number) to find out whether you’re a good fit for implants at our office.