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When Dental Implants Should Not Be Considered


Posted on 11/20/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
A patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
Dental implants are a great option to replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium rods are implanted into the jawbone, acting as a "root" for a false tooth or bridge of teeth, that also slows, even stops, bone absorption. While this procedure is a wonderful solution, there are instances when implants should not be considered.

Lack of Bone Density

In order for dental implants to be successful, you need to have sufficient bone density. Without it, you will require repeat visits to fix loose implants, if they fuse at all. A bone graft surgery may be performed to replace missing bone mass. After healing, then dental implants can be considered.

Gum Disease

Dental implants require healthy gums. Otherwise, the bacteria that exist in your mouth can easily spread into the surgical site. If this happens, you may suffer from further infection in your gums and jawbone. If you want to be considered for dental implant surgery, you first need to undergo periodontic treatment.

Tobacco Use

Healing from dental implant surgery can take up to six months. If you are a smoker, or use chewing tobacco, you may not be considered for this procedure. Tobacco products can slow healing. It may also dislodge clots, leaving open spaces for bacteria, and therefore infection, to grow. In order to be considered, you must be willing to give up tobacco products, at least for the duration of your healing process.

Certain Diseases
Certain diseases, such as diabetes or cancer, can hinder the integrity and strength of your jaw. This can cause problems with the ability of the titanium rods to fuse to the bone. In the instance of cancer, radiation or chemotherapy is what weakens your bone structure.

Under 21
Your jaw is still developing and growing well into your late teens and early adulthood. Any dental implants placed before the jaw is finished developing can have a negative impact on your jaw, impacting its ability to grow properly. For this reason, dental implants are not an option for children or teenagers. If a permanent tooth is lost at a young age, other options, such as a bridge, are used until the jaw is fully developed.

If you have suffered tooth loss, contact our office today to discuss your replacement options.


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