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Implant Dentistry: Are You A Good Candidate Or Not?

Implant dentistry can be a significant investment for some, both in terms of time and money. That is why it is essential to know if you will follow through with the whole treatment.

Here are some of the defining characteristics of a good implant candidate.

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1. Having Healthy Gums

Nobody can stress the importance of this enough. Healthy gums are vital for successful implant dentistry.

There are many factors which could negatively influence the health of your gums:

  • Elderly persons tend to have weaker gums
  • Experiencing stress on a day-to-day basis
  • Genetic predisposition towards dental issues
  • Certain medications affect the strength of the gums
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Poor nutrition and teeth grinding

If you experience gum problems, it is recommended you visit a professional for treatment. This way you make sure you don't waste time and money on implant dentistry only for it to be ruined!

2. Not Having Certain Diseases or Following Certain Treatments

It is not recommended to follow this procedure if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes, due to its effects on bone strength
  • Hemophilia, due to dental procedures' possibility of gum bleeding
  • Connective-tissue diseases
  • Systemic immune deficiencies. Any infections that might occur as a result of treatment would be life-threatening

Related to the last point, watch out if you take any immune system-suppressing medicines. It is a good idea to skip implant dentistry until your treatment is finished.

Of course, the best approach would be to have a dentist evaluate you. They can better judge whether it is safe for you to follow through with the implant.

For example, let's say you have one of the above conditions. If it is not in any advanced stages, it might actually be safe for you to get one. The dentists will just take extra precautions to accommodate your condition.

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3. Young People and Pregnant Women Should Not Attempt Implant Dentistry

The procedure involves implanting a fake root into the jawbone. That is used to support the crown of the new tooth.

That is why young people should not attempt this procedure. While still in their growing period, their jawbones will change size. That can have an impact on the implant.

As for pregnant women, there are a few factors of which you should take note:

  • You will need to have radiographs of your mouth taken. The X-rays could affect your baby's well-being, no matter how negligible the radiation is.
  • You will need to take particular medication which may not agree with pregnancy.
  • Your child consumes nutrients while it is growing. As a result, your calcium levels may be lower during this period, affecting your jawbone strength.

Special Notes

With modern technologies, dentists can accommodate almost anyone for an implant dentistry procedure. What they cannot do, is affect the responsibility of each patient.

It doesn't matter if you are completely healthy if you cannot respect the professionals' indications.

Taking care of your teeth and gums along the way, avoiding smoking and alcohol are paramount to success.

Feel like you would be the perfect candidate? Contact us today for an appointment!

Last modified on Thursday, 02 August 2018 14:25

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