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5 Problems That Could Keep You from Getting Dental Implants

August 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carollo @ 8:52 pm
elderly couple in gray sweaters smiling with dental implants in Florham Park

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve almost definitely at least heard of dental implants. These titanium posts are placed into your jawbone, with a lifelike restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, put on top to give you the appearance and function of a natural smile. While dental implants in Florham Park have a success rate of more than 90%, there are still some circumstances that can make them more likely to fail, whether that be in the months after placement or years down the road. Here are five factors that might not make you the best candidate for dental implants.

1. Gum Disease

You need healthy gum tissue in order to support dental implants, and that can’t happen if you have gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a bacterial infection that can damage your gums, teeth, and jawbone. It could even compromise the success of your implants. For this reason, it’s crucial that you get gum disease treated before undergoing implant placement surgery.

2. Tobacco Use

Smoking or chewing tobacco restricts blood flow to the gums, which slows down the healing processes that are crucial to dental implant success. It also impairs your body’s ability to battle infections. Some studies even show that smokers can have implant failure rates as high as 20 percent.

3. Low Jawbone Density

Tooth loss, gum disease, and osteoporosis can all cause the jawbone to deteriorate. Without enough healthy jawbone mass to accommodate the posts, your implants are almost doomed to fail from the start.

4. Certain Medical Conditions

Autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis cause the body to heal at a slower rate, reducing your chance of implants successfully integrating with your jawbone. Some conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, hinder your odds of fighting off infections that could lead to implant failure. Additionally, some medications can reduce new bone growth. Let your dentist know about any prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking.

5. Poor Oral Hygiene

Failure to brush and floss daily could cause bacteria to accumulate and damage your implant. If you have a condition that limits your range of motion or ability to effectively clean your teeth, dental implants may not be right for you.

Just because you have one of these problems doesn’t necessarily mean that you can never get dental implants. You may simply have to undergo additional treatments beforehand, such as bone grafting or gum disease therapy. Your dentist or doctor can provide you with resources to help you quit smoking or keep your medical conditions from contributing to implant failure. The only way to know for sure whether you’re a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.

About the Author

Dr. John A. Carollo has been a dentist in Florham Park, NJ for more than 30 years. He has lectured thousands of dentists about the latest clinical techniques and has penned multiple articles for a variety of dental journals. His practice offers FREE consultations to see whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants. To schedule yours, visit Dr. Carollo’s website.

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