Understanding Dental Implant Candidacy

Dental implant candidacy will be determined by a variety of factors, including a patient's overall health and the presence of adequate jawbone tissue to support implant posts. In cases where bone loss has occurred, Dr. Kurt W. Kline at Implant Dental in Plattsburgh, NY, can perform bone regeneration procedures to create a suitable base for your implants. To ensure the success rate of your dental implant procedure, it is imperative that you are ready to provide proper care for your implants and implant-supported restorations. Dr. Kline is not only committed to ongoing education, but he also uses the latest dental implant technology and materials to provide life-changing results.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Kline can use the latest technology to evaluate your oral and general health. Using digital x-rays and the i-CAT®FLX cone beam scanner, he can create a 3-D model of your smile to detect any underlying issues that could interfere with your implant procedure. Candidates for dental implants should be in good overall health, without signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or jawbone degeneration.

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Using advanced technology, we can take 3-D images of your smile, which can be used to design an implant strategy.

This technology also enables Dr. Kline to determine the best location for your dental implants and whether any preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting, are necessary.

Do You Need Bone Regeneration Procedures?

To qualify for a dental implant procedure, you must have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implant posts. For patients who have experienced significant bone loss, Dr. Kline can perform one of two procedures to promote healthy tissue regrowth.

Bone Graft 

During this procedure, Dr. Kline can harvest healthy bone tissue from another area of your body, such as the tibia or chin. In certain cases, he can also use donor tissue. He will then make a small incision in your gums at the site of a missing tooth, insert the harvested bone tissue, and close the incision with dissolvable sutures. Over a three to six month period, the grafted tissue can promote healthy tissue regrowth to strengthen your jawbone.

Candidates for dental implants should be in good overall health, without any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or jawbone degeneration.

Sinus Lift

This procedure is performed when there is insufficient jawbone strength or inadequate spacing for dental implants in the upper jaw. Much like a bone graft, bone tissue will first be harvested from either a donor or another area of your body. Dr. Kline will make a small incision in the side of your upper gums to access the sinus membrane. He can then gently lift the sinus membrane and insert the grafted tissue between the sinuses and jawbone. In about three to six months, the grafted tissue will fuse with your jawbone to create a sufficient foundation for dental implants.

Special Considerations

Because dental implants require you to undergo sedation and surgery, it is important that you do not have any health conditions that could prevent you from responding well to dental implant placement. When performing your examination, Dr. Kline will review your medical history, looking for any heart conditions or immune disorders that could put you at physical risk. He will also assess the medications and materials being used for dental implant placement to ensure you do not develop an allergic reaction.

Are You a Good Candidate?

During your appointment, Dr. Kline will take the time to listen to your goals and create a customized treatment plan to address your unique needs. To find out if you are eligible for dental implants, contact our office online or call us at (518) 563-6666.

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