Almost anyone with one or multiple missing teeth is eligible for dental implants. It’s always best for candidates to have good oral and overall health before beginning the implant process. Below we’ve listed a few conditions that could complicate the procedure, but should not prevent you from receiving an implant.
Existing Medical Conditions. In the majority of cases, an existing condition won’t keep you from getting an implant. This being said, certain chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes should be discussed with your dentist and surgeon.
Gum Disease. To ensure a successful procedure, it’s important that you have healthy, disease-free gum tissues.
Smoking. Smoking lowers, but does not eliminate, your chances of having a successful dental implant procedure.
Bone Loss. Because implants are secured to the jaw bone, it’s important that you have enough bone to support an implant. It’s normal for people with missing teeth to experience bone loss. Bone grafting and regeneration techniques can help replace missing bone and prepare your jaw for an implant.