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Who is suitable

Summary

Who is suitable

If you have one or several missing teeth, you may be a good candidate to have one or more dental implants. You should always consult with your dentist, who will be guided by the following indicators in deciding whether or not a dental implant is the appropriate treatment for you:

Good candidates

  • Good health
  • Healthy gums
  • Enough bone to anchor the dental implant in the jaw (see bone grafting)
  • Commitment to daily brush and floss the implanted teeth and surrounding gums
  • Commitment to make regular visits to the dentist

Problematic candidates

  • Young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed 
  • Pregnant women
  • Heavy smokers – smoking retards healing and reduces the chance of implant success
  • Alcohol or substance abusers
  • Patients receiving high-dose irradiation of their head or neck
  • People with chronic diseases or systemic problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, connective-tissue diseases, hemophilia and significant immune deficiencies.
  • Patients taking steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system
  • People who severely grind or clench their teeth

Remember that with dental implants, age is not a factor.

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