Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?


Most people are candidates to receive dental implants as replacements for missing teeth. However, there are some conditions that can prevent it, and even those who qualify for ordinary implants may not be able to receive immediate load implants. Ultimately, Dr. Gyurina will be best able to determine whether dental implants are right for you during a dental exam. To help you get an idea of your chances, here are some of the reasons you might not be able to receive them.

Waiting for the right time

Dental implants are only suitable for adults whose jaws have stopped growing and changing. Those whose jaws are not yet fully grown will have to wait until adulthood to undergo the dental implant procedure.

Pregnant patients will also have to wait, as the pregnancy causes unnecessary complications to the surgery and vice-versa. Dental implants can be placed after childbirth and full recovery.

Issues to work on

Some of the conditions that might keep you from receiving dental implants are reversible, and you can receive treatment for several of them at our office. For example, teeth grinding would put unusual strain on an implant, but can often be treated with a night guard. An untreated case of gum disease poses a risk of infection and implant failure, and must be resolved before implants can be installed. If the bone of your jaw isn't strong enough or properly formed to support an implant, you can receive bone grafts prior to the procedure to rebuild it. And since dental implants require careful maintenance during the healing stage, any deficiencies in oral hygiene must also be corrected beforehand.

In some cases, other problems such as substance abuse may make you unable to commit to the routine care an implant would need. While we cannot provide treatment for these conditions, help is available, and dental implants may be possible in the future after treatment.

Overall health questions

Some medical conditions, if too severe, are also capable of ruling out dental implants as a treatment. In these cases, your candidacy depends on the type and degree of your condition. Those with uncontrolled diabetes cannot usually receive dental implants, but this can be controlled and medicated to allow the procedure. Hemophilia and connective tissue disorders can interfere with the healing process. Any abnormalities with your immune system may either increase the risk of infection, or the chance of implant failure. And while a condition such as cancer or osteoporosis may not directly interfere with implants, treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and bisphosphonate medications can.

Assessing the odds

In the end, deciding who qualifies for dental implants comes down to weighing potential risk factors against rewards. Potential health risks may be enough to prevent implants and make other tooth replacement options a better choice. Even when the only risk is that the implant will fail, caution is called for, and an immediate-load implant with its increased risk may not be appropriate. But if you are among the many who are determined suitable for dental implants, they are a beautiful and functional choice with many benefits.

To determine whether you are eligible to receive dental implants, schedule an appointment at our Madison office, by calling or using our online request form. We hope you'll give Oak Park Dental the opportunity to help restore your beautiful smile.