If you are planning to replace a missing tooth or teeth, then dental implants is a good option. But it is better to discuss with your dentist first before getting the dental implant surgery done.
Some dentists will decline to place implants for pregnant women, heavy smokers, alcohol or substance abusers and people with chronic diseases. Your dentist will evaluate you to see whether you are suitable for implants.
However there are some factors that are responsible for dental implants such as age and medical history.
- Age: Dental implantation is suitable for people having enough jaw bone quality and density, as it should provide support to the implant. These are not recommended for children whose jaw bone is still growing.
- Medical history: Patients with heart problems are not suitable for dental implantation. Candidates having uncontrolled diabetes and arthritis are also not suitable for dental implants. Candidates who are taking radiation therapy on neck and head, alcohol and tobacco abusers are not suitable for implants.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
- Dental implants are suitable for people who have good general health.
- It is suitable for people with enough jaw bone density and quality.
- It is suitable for people with healthy gums as it is necessary to give support to the implant, otherwise failure of implants may take place.
- It is suitable for patients having good oral hygiene.
- Chronic illness and leukemia patients are not suitable for implants as they may affect in healing after surgery.
- Patients having mental disorders like depression and stress are not suitable because implants also add additional stress on them.
- If a patient is suffering with bruxism or teeth clinching it leads to more chances of failure of dental implant.
- Candidates undergoing treatment for cancer, bone disorders or organ transplantation should postpone the implant surgery for sometime.
- It is suitable for candidates who have the ability to heal and recover quickly.
- Proper motivation should be given to the patient to make them ready for the surgery. Lack of motivation leads to failure of implants.
- Patients who are taking immune suppressants are not suitable for implants.
Finally, discuss with your dentist on the options available to you and also talk about the procedure, cost and possible complications. After the surgery, periodic follow-up visits to the dentist is very important to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy.