Dental Implants


Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement if you are a good candidate. A dental implant will function just like a normal tooth. If you are looking for the best option for tooth replacement when you lose a tooth, Dr. Elloway if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.

What makes someone a good dental implant candidate?

Some of the things your dentist will look at when they are trying to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants are:

  • Bone density – Your dentist will check the density of the bone where the dental implant is going to be placed to determine whether or not a dental implant will be strong enough if it is placed into the bone in that location.
  • Gum disease – Your dentist will check for gum disease. The reason that they do this is because gum disease can lead to deterioration of the bone where the implant is placed. To ensure that a dental implant will stay strong, it is important that the recipient’s mouth is free of gum disease.
  • Sinus location – Your dentist will take x-rays to determine where your sinuses run if they are doing an implant in your upper jaw. It is important to ensure that there is enough bone to place the implant into without the implant going into your sinuses and creating additional issues.

Are there different types of dental implants?

Yes, there are different types of implants. There are numerous companies that manufacture the pieces needed for a dental implants which means that there are a number of different sizes and shapes. Your dentist can help you understand your options and let you know what they think the best option is for your mouth.

How does the dentist know where to place the dental implant?

To properly place a dental implant, your dentist will need a 3D image called a cone beam image. This is a very detailed 3D image that can show the dentist the best location to place the implant into a patient’s mouth. Here at Timothy Elloway DDS, Inc, we take extreme precautions to make sure the dental implants we provide to our patients are going to be as strong and healthy as possible. This includes cone beam imaging and a lot of additional training and experience that Dr. Elloway has.

If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, give our office a call today. We are happy to provide you with a consult and let you know what your options are.



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