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Can anyone get dental implants?

In general, the answer is yes. However, some circumstances may need careful consideration before proceeding. Someone who has significant periodontal disease may find that the disease process will also affect an implant. People whose healing process has been compromised through certain chronic diseases or medications may find implant placement may need to be carefully considered and monitored. Someone who has been taking bisphosphonates for an extended period of time as a treatment for osteoporosis should consult with their physician and their dentist before having an implant. 

Dental implants, metal posts that attach to artificial teeth, are a popular way to replace missing teeth without damaging your own. Dental implants can also strengthen the bone in your mouth where teeth have been lost. Anyone who wants or needs dental implants can get them regardless of medical history. However, they are not recommended for growing children. Even osteoporosis, a condition that causes thinning bones, doesn't preclude having  dental implants, nor does any other medical condition. 
Most adults can get dental implants. I do not recommend that anyone receive a dental implant under the age of 18, because the jaws are still growing. There are some people who cannot get dental implants because they do not have enough bone in the jaw or have diseases or take medications that make bone healing around the implant difficult. People who have received radiation to the jaw are not considered good candidates for dental implants. Every person's mouth is different, so talk to your dentist about whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Even if the patient has lost a substantial jaw bone, we have perfected techniques to grow enough bone to enable us to place the dental implants. There is no medical condition that will contra-indicate a person from receiving a dental implant except patients with an uncontrollable heart rate, have experienced ONJ from injectable bisphosphonate or are on terminal stage of cancer.

If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.

Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing. 

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