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3 Issues That Can Prevent Dental Implant Candidacy

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_sikes @ 9:03 am
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Although dental implants have a very high success rate, about 5 to 10 percent of dental implants fail. That being said, in terms of tooth replacement, there isn’t an alternative that can capture the durability, functionality, and appearance of natural teeth the way dental implants can. Here are 3 issues that can prevent you from being a candidate and how you can address them.

#1. Medical Conditions and Medications

In order for you to be a candidate for dental implants, you should be in good physical health. As such, it’s crucial you inform your dentist of your medical history and what medications you’re taking during your consultation. This is crucial because some conditions, like osteoporosis, can increase your risk of complications.

For the same reasons, patients who recently had a heart attack or stroke may not be a candidate for dental implants – at least initially. You may still be able to get dental implants after some time has passed.

Ultimately, the best thing to do is talk to your dentist about your options, like using bone grafting to improve your jawbone density.

#2. Oral Health Issues

One key criterion for dental implant surgery is healthy gums. You cannot have the procedure with active gum disease, as an untreated infection could develop around your implant and lead to failure. Additionally, severe gum disease can cause bone deterioration, meaning your jawbone will not be able to support the restoration.

Thankfully, gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions and is highly treatable and even reversible in its early stages. By regularly seeing your dentist and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing infections and increase your chances of candidacy.

#3. Bad Habits

Smoking cigarettes restricts bloodflow to the gums, slowing the healing process. That being said, being a smoker doesn’t mean you’re ineligible for a dental implant.

However, you have a higher chance of success if you stop smoking at least one week prior to surgery and two months after placement.

If you’re worried you aren’t a candidate for dental implants but want to replace your missing teeth, contact your dentist. You may still be able to get implants, or if not, they’ll know what restoration is best for you.

About the Author

A proud native himself, Dr. Robert C. Sikes has been serving the Mount Pleasant community for the last 38 years. He offers a comprehensive menu of dental services to enhance, restore, and protect his patients’ smiles. Additionally, Dr. Sikes provides the best in modern dentistry with lifelike, durable, and effective dental implants. If you’re wondering if you’re a candidate for dentures, contact Dr. Sikes through his website or by phone at (903) 572-9720.

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