Missing or damaged teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile and limit the foods you can comfortably eat. Dental implants can provide a long-term solution that restores both the function and aesthetics of your smile. Implants blend in with your existing teeth for natural-looking results, and they are durable and long-lasting. Clagett Periodontics, which serves all of Kentucky, places dental implants in our Elizabethtown location.
Proper placement of dental implants is important to create strength and stability for replacement teeth and ensure that they fit correctly between the remaining teeth. Consulting with a periodontal specialist with extensive training in implant dentistry and current technology, like Dr. Ryan Clagett of Clagett Periodontics, can make a difference in your experience.
Our Approach to Your Care
Before recommending any procedures, Dr. Ryan Clagett takes the time to conduct a thorough examination and determine what treatment is appropriate. He explains his findings in easy-to-understand terms and provides you with all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or a full arch, leaving you with a more attractive smile. Since implants fuse to the jawbone, they provide the necessary stimulation to prevent bone loss and maintain facial structure. You can feel confident that your replacement teeth look and feel great.
Enhance Your Smile with Dental Implants
Find out whether dental implants are the right choice for you by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ryan Clagett at Clagett Periodontics. We will work with you to understand your full dental health and what options are available for improving your smile, including implant dentistry.
Come See Ryan
Dr. Ryan Clagett is passionate about restoring smiles and providing exceptional dental care. When it comes to periodontology, he is double board-certified in implant dentistry and gum surgery. Dr. Clagett is committed to maintaining up-to-date knowledge regarding the latest techniques, technology, and best practices so he can help patients achieve the results they desire using dental implants while minimizing recovery time and post-operative complications. He has extensive experience placing implants in a very precise way using guided 3D imaging.
What to Expect in Your Consultation
We want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout your experience with our practice. So, you’ll get a tour of our office, meet the staff that will be assisting you, and learn about the technology we use to treat Kentucky patients.
You’ll also have extensive time to meet with Dr. Clagett. During your initial consultation:
You’ll talk about what you want to achieve with treatment. Care is a collaborative process in our office.
Dr. Clagett will comprehensively evaluate your teeth and gums to identify issues and to develop possible approaches to treatment, which may include dental implants.
Our team will take the photographs, scans, and X-rays necessary for developing a clear and accurate model for treatment.
You and Dr. Clagett will go over potential solutions to the problems that you are experiencing. He’ll review the pros and cons of different approaches, explain the typical treatment schedule and costs, and give you plenty of time to ask questions so that you can be comfortable with your decision.
The affordable fee that you will pay for your initial consultation, which covers all of the steps above, will go to local Kentucky charities. Dr. Clagett and our staff are committed to supporting our community, and donating this money demonstrates our dedication to the best possible care — and not to charging high patient fees.
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Advanced Technology for Dental Implants
Accurate placement of dental implants gives you several benefits:
Your treatment will be less invasive. This means you’ll feel more comfortable after your procedure, and the treatment sites will heal more quickly.
Your outcome should look more natural and attractive. The crown that attaches to the dental implant will be in better alignment with the rest of your teeth, creating a more beautiful smile.
Your results should be more durable. Placing the implant on a stable platform of bone will give your new tooth a stronger base for chewing and biting.
To give patients these benefits, Dr. Clagett uses guided 3D imaging in every procedure he does with dental implants. In advance of your surgery, Dr. Clagett will practice the procedure in a computer simulation based on the scans he took in your consultation. This refines the accuracy of treatment to one-tenth of a millimeter and one-tenth of a degree.
Dr. Clagett may also use X-Guide™ technology, a system that provides GPS-like navigation during surgery. X-Guide gives him incredible vision into the features of the teeth, bone, and mouth, allowing him to place dental implants in a very precise way. Our practice was the first one in Kentucky and among the first 200 offices in the world to adopt X-Guide for procedures.
Your Treatment with Dental Implants
The approach that Dr. Clagett takes will depend on which teeth he will be restoring, how many teeth, the condition of the underlying bone, and other factors.
Regardless of a person’s needs, Dr. Clagett will do everything he can so that patients always have a complete and aesthetically pleasing smile, even immediately after the procedure. Whether our Kentucky patients have a front tooth to restore or an entire arch of teeth, he can use a variety of solutions to accomplish this, including immediate dental implants, “snap-on smiles,” and provisional restorations.
Replacing Damaged or Missing Teeth
If your tooth is damaged:
- Dr. Clagett will remove the tooth and reconstruct the area to ready it for an implant.
- In many cases, he can place the dental implant and a temporary crown on the same day as the tooth extraction. This will speed up the overall treatment time.
- Six to eight weeks later, a dentist will replace the temporary crown with a permanent one. This will complete the process and give you a new, natural-looking tooth.
The Different Types of Dental Implants
The treatment steps are similar if your original tooth is already missing, but Dr. Clagett may take extra measures to ready the site for an implant. This may mean a somewhat longer process, but you can still expect a durable and attractive outcome.
Kentucky’s Periodontist for Dental Implants
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Clagett is a specialist in dental implant placement.
Clagett Periodontics is a state-of-the-art periodontal practice that offers high-quality care by placing dental implants through minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Clagett serves men and women from all over Kentucky and provides customized treatment options and amazing results.
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Dental Implants and Dentures
Some patients need to replace most of their existing teeth. Others are already using dentures but are unhappy with the comfort and stability of their appliance. A full arch restoration with dental implants may be the solution in both cases.
Many Kentucky patients are anxious about getting full arch treatment because they are embarrassed about the condition of their teeth and gums. Know that Clagett Periodontics isn’t going to judge you or shame you. We’re here to help you get a completely restored smile and the full functionality of your original teeth.
With full arch restoration, dental implants attach to a set of dentures to keep them from shifting while you eat and speak. The implants also help retain bone in the area of missing teeth. There are a few different approaches, including:
- Removable dentures that snap into the dental implants.
- Hybrid dentures that are fixed in place with implants.
- Individual dental implants that replace teeth with new crowns.
Following your initial consultation, Dr. Clagett can advise you about the recommended approach for your needs, discuss the financial aspects of care, and assist you in making the decision about treatment.
With a full arch restoration, Dr. Clagett typically removes the existing teeth, places the implants, and attaches provisional dentures on the same day. You can expect to leave our office with a new, complete smile. After 3-4 months, a dentist will replace the provisional dentures with the final set of teeth.
If you are interested in restoring your full dental arch — or if you just want a better-looking smile and are exploring treatment — Dr. Clagett and our whole team welcome you to visit us.
Find out your options with dental implants. To schedule an appointment with our local Kentucky office, contact Clagett Periodontics online or by phone at (270) 982-7377.
IV Sedation Available for Dental Implant Treatment
Nervous about having surgery or just don’t want to remember any of it? We offer IV sedation for our patients. IV sedation is a safe, easy way to let you get the dental work you need while you sleep. Dr. Clagett has received extensive training on IV sedation, and we have the most up to date technology to ensure your health. For more complex medical cases, we also partner with a Certified Nurse Anesthetist, to help Dr. Clagett maintain your health while he performs your dental work.