Most of the time, anyone who has suffered tooth loss can be a candidate for dental implants. This can be due to injury, defects, decay, or even disease. Dental implants are also a good treatment option for most ages and can be used to restore one, multiple, or even all of teeth.
An ideal candidate for a dental implant procedure is anyone in good health who is missing a tooth or multiple teeth and whose jaws have finished growing. Patients should also have healthy teeth and gums, and have enough bone to hold an implant. Those who also don’t want the unbearable drawbacks of dentures should also look into this treatment.
While most people are candidates, there are a few conditions that can cause healing problems or may be at risk for other serious side effects. These include:
- Those with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, or leukemia
- Those who have had radiation therapy
- Those taking certain medications that can affect surgery
Smoking may not be a serious condition to you, but your dentist will most likely recommend quitting at least one month before and after the surgery to ensure that you heal properly. For those with chronic illnesses, keeping the illness under control can help your chances in getting an implant, but healing is always a concern. Even with these risks, schedule a consultation and exam with our Beverly Hills dental implant expert to discuss your candidacy.