20 Apr Do Certain Health Conditions Reduce Implant Success?
Dental implants are an ideal solution when tooth loss has occurred. Your implant dentist will consult with you and prepare a treatment plan outlining the dental implants process.
That consultation will begin with a conversation about your overall health. Patients that are dealing with chronic conditions that may affect the outcome of the dental implant process will be advised whether or not to pursue this form of treatment.
Individuals that have recently experienced certain health related events such as heart attack or stroke may be considered more marginal than the average patient. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis. Other conditions that may affect candidacy for dental implants include:
- Osteoporosis – Bone loss is a major concern for implant patients. But if jawbone is sufficient, the implant dentist may not be deterred from placing a dental implant.
- Cancer therapy – Radiation to the head or neck of a patient may jeopardize the success of a dental implant.
- Diabetes – This immune disorder can result in infection or delay healing. Implant failure can occur.
Each case is reviewed and a decision is made on merit … a blanket diagnosis is not rendered based on information only. Once overall health is reviewed, a very thorough dental exam is performed. Bone density where the implant is to be placed is of primary importance.
The dental implant process is intended to resolve tooth loss; the implant dentist will surgically place the titanium implant in gum tissue where one or more teeth are missing. A healthy patient with sufficient bone strength will enter into the next phase of treatment … the healing period is the time allotted for bone to fuse with the implant, a process known as osseointegration. The bone and implant will integrate allowing it to become a permanent of the patient’s dental anatomy.
Once healed, an abutment is attached to the implant. A cosmetic restoration has been made to match surrounding dentition in size, shape, and color; once placed it will be virtually undetectable. The dentist will try it in for appearance and function; any needed adjustments can be performed at this time.
Once cemented into place, the patient will be able to enjoy all their favorite foods; speak clearly; and smile with self confidence. A successful dental implant process relies on many factors; a candid discussion regarding your health is the first step. To get the conversation started, call our team today!