Dental implants represent a significant technological advance in treatments for tooth loss. However, in order for patients to achieve positive outcomes from this intervention and get longevity from the implants, patients must be suitable candidates for dental implant placement.
The key to long-term dental implant success is the osseointegration process by which the jawbone forms a physical link or bond with the titanium surface of the implant.
Anything that could compromise that osseointegration process can lead to premature implant failure. As a result, some health conditions can present an obstacle for patients who want to pursue dental implants. Certain chronic conditions that are associated with inflammatory responses, like diabetes and heart disease, may have an impact as inflammation can affect the bone’s ability to form the needed bond. For similar reasons, patients with uncontrolled gum disease are not immediately eligible for dental implant placement.
Dental implants do require a surgical procedure, and patients must be healthy enough to tolerate that surgery. The dentist will take your full medical history early in the treatment planning process in order to identify any conditions that could pose a problem during the surgery or during the post-operative healing process.
Acute illnesses can interfere with the surgery, as well. For example, if the patient is showing signs of infection, like a fever, the dentist will need to delay implant placement until the patient is fully recovered. Infection can easily spread elsewhere in the body following a surgical procedure.
Although it is a habit rather than a health condition, smoking is another factor that can complicate dental implant placement. Smoking also causes inflammation in the gum tissues, and smokers who get dental implants have a higher failure rate for the devices. Ideally, dental implant placement will give you the motivation you need to give up the habit for good, but at the very least, patients should refrain from smoking until you’ve fully healed after the surgery.
Some health conditions can have a negative effect on the durability and success of dental implants. If you have any concerns, discuss them directly with your dentist.
Contact North Shore Restorative & Implant Dentistry at 516-484-6394 to schedule your professional consultation today.
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