When Are Dental Implants the Right Choice?

Whether or not dental implants are the right choice for you comes down to a variety of factors. Most issues that would make the solution a poor fit are of a non-medical nature and stem from outside the dental office. The fact of the matter is that unless exceptional circumstances exist, most people with missing teeth are suitable candidates and can take advantage of the many benefits that dental implants can provide. And contrary to popular belief, they are a viable treatment option for people of all ages.

When Can Dental Implants Be the Right Choice?

  • When your current treatment solution is not satisfactory
  • When you want a long-term solution
  • When you want something that is as close as possible to natural teeth
  • When you do not want your remaining healthy teeth to be affected in any way by the treatment

When Are Dental Implants Not Appropriate?

There are relatively few circumstances that would preclude you from having dental implants placed. Here are three examples:

  • Diabetes: Poorly controlled diabetes (Type I or II) can delay post-surgical healing, making some additional precautions necessary.
  • Insufficient Bone: The presence of thin levels of alveolar bone just above the mandibular canal. In such instances, the placement of dental implants may be contraindicated or precautionary measures such as the preplanning of the treatment using CAD CAM technology and appropriate treatment planning software.
  • Bruxism: The grinding or clenching of teeth can compromise successful healing and destabilize the dental implants even after they are fully healed. This risk can however be mitigated by simply wearing a mouth guard appliance at night.

The above is by no means a comprehensive list of circumstances that can make the placement of dental implants somewhat more complicated. Your dental health professional will carefully evaluate your case and make the appropriate and necessary recommendations. That being said, it should be noted that generally speaking, relatively few people prove to be unsuitable candidates.