Dental implants have grown in popularity over the last few years. This is because people know that they can be made to resemble natural teeth, roots and all. But here is the thing, not everyone can have dental implants put in. So how does one know if he or she is a likely candidate for this particular dental prosthesis? Here are a few factors that dentists have to consider before giving the green light with regard to this procedure.
No Uncontrolled Autoimmune Diseases
A person who has autoimmune disease is not a likely candidate for this condition. Diabetes is one of the most common autoimmune diseases that dentists have to watch out for.
This condition is not exclusively found in overweight individuals. Therefore, if a patient of average weight were to come in out of the blue and request dental implants, a good dentist would first urge him or her to have a test done to rule out diabetes and either autoimmune conditions.
No Overly Resorbed Bone
If a patient has been edentulous for too long, there will be marked resorption in the area without teeth. This would make it hard to attach the titanium post on the area, as a certain amount of bone density is necessary to make sure that the implant stays put for at least half a century or longer.
There is a way around that, if the patient is really decided on this particular procedure. He or she should be willing to have a bone graft performed on the area. However, it might take time as the bone has to heal properly. Even so, if he or she is willing to wait, then there won’t be a problem.
No Gingival Disease
Dental implants have to be treated like natural dentition. Therefore, it is important that the patient’s gums are in the best condition possible. People who have any type of gum disease should have that resolved before they can even consider having dental implants put in place.
Most dentist will still be wary about using dental implants on patients with poor oral hygiene. This is because in most cases, they are too set in their ways to improve their home care regimen. However, if they are truly willing to commit to better oral hygiene practices, a dentist may be willing to consider using dental implants instead of regular dentures.
People who smoke cannot receive dental implants because smoking impedes the blood supply to the area. This will lead to possible failure of the treatment plan. Therefore, the patient would be wasting his or her cash and time.
If you are a smoker and you wish to receive this particular prosthesis, now would be a good time to consider using a smoking cessation device. However, it will take time before you can be cleared for this procedure.
Dental implants are not for everyone, not because it does not work. For the benefit of the doubt, a patient who wishes to have this particular type of prosthesis should schedule a consultation with a dentist who specializes in this treatment plan. He or she will be able to assess if the patient is a likely candidate for this procedure.
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