Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement for patients missing one or more teeth. However, there are certain requirements you must meet in order for your implants to be successful in the long-term. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael McCartney. At Adel Dental Associates in Adel, GA, we offer comprehensive implant treatment. Dr. McCartney can assess your candidacy, design a treatment plan, and complete all stages of the procedure in our state-of-the-art dental office. 

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An accurate assessment of your candidacy is key to the success of dental implants treatment.

Requirements for Successful Treatment

An ideal candidate for treatment with dental implants:

  • Is in good oral health
  • Has sufficient bone tissue in their jawbone
  • Has healthy gums
  • Does not smoke
  • Can safely undergo surgery
  • Is committed to their oral hygiene

If you have suffered with missing teeth for a long time, you have probably experienced jaw atrophy (recessed bone tissue) that may jeopardize your candidacy for implants. Fortunately, we offer solutions at our office that can restore the jaw in preparation for this treatment. Dr. McCartney can assess your oral health and determine if a bone graft, sinus lift, or periodontal procedure is necessary before placing dental implants.

Issues That Can Affect Your Candidacy

There are some health conditions and lifestyle factors that can impact your candidacy for implants. These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • High-dose radiation to the head or neck
  • Heavy smoking or drinking
  • Certain medications, such as steroids or immunosuppressants
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Severe jaw clenching or teeth grinding

We also do not recommend implants for young patients whose jawbones are still developing. Be sure to discuss your full medical history with Dr. McCartney so he can determine if there is anything that might impact the success of your implant treatment. He will only recommend dental implants if he believes you can safely undergo surgery and experience long-term benefits.

Your Initial Consultation

If you are interested in dental implants, the first step is attending a consultation with Dr. McCartney. He will examine your teeth, gums, and other supporting structures. We will also take x-rays and scans to assess the amount of tissue in your jawbone as well as the position of your nerves and sinuses. 

Based on the information gathered at this appointment, Dr. McCartney can design a treatment plan or recommend an alternative to dental implants if you are not eligible.

You can also share your concerns and goals with him at this time. Based on the information gathered at this appointment, Dr. McCartney can design a treatment plan or recommend an alternative to dental implants if you are not eligible.

Get Started Today

Dental implants offer a superior level of support and stability compared to other tooth replacement options. To find out if you qualify for this advanced treatment option, contact our office online or call (229) 896-7679 and schedule an appointment today. During your consultation, Dr. McCartney will carefully assess your smile and your goals to determine the best way to restore your health, appearance, and confidence.

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Adel Dental Associates

Dr. Michael McCartney Jr. opened Adel Dental Associates back in 1995 to provide a comfortable, welcoming place for patients to receive high-quality dental care. We are affiliated with several trusted professional organizations including:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Georgia Dental Association
  • Southwestern District Dental Association
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

Contact our Adel, GA, dental office today to get started on your treatment. You can reach us online or by calling (229) 896-7679.

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