What could prevent me from getting a dental implant?

If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. Implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years and are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. If you are in good general health, with a jawbone that can support an implant, this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. Patients should be medically evaluated before any implant surgery is scheduled. Patients either must have enough bone to support the implant, or be good candidates for surgery to build up the bone where the implant will be placed. 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. Talk to your dentist if you are interested in this treatment.
Some serious medical problems may prevent someone from getting implants. If people with these problems do receive dental implants, there is a higher chance of failure. Diabetes with poorly controlled blood sugar increases the risk of complications such as infections and has been known to slow wound healing. Other health issues that could prevent or complicate implants are having bone cancer, thyroid problems, or blood diseases, or undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

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