Who is suitable for dental implants
Dental implants suit to almost all patients with the exception of some contraindications, such as:
- Growing jaw bones: because an implant osseointegrates into the jaw, the procedure cannot be performed before the jaw bones have stopped growing (not suitable for people younger than 18 years of age).
- The oral cavity has to be healthy: all dental cavities, root inflammations and inflammations of the gum and attachment apparatus must be treated first. If implants are placed in the mouth of a patient that suffers from untreated periodontitis there is a very high risk that infection will spread from the gum pockets around the implant that may cause loss of bone and loss of the implant.
- Poor oral hygiene: before inserting an implant, home hygiene practices have to be reviewed with your dentist. Long-term success of a treatment depends on good oral hygiene and plaque control. After placing implants, the patient has to have regular check-ups and cleaning to assess the condition of the gums and the bone around the implant and prevent complications at earliest stages.
- General health condition: uncontrolled diabetes (greater risk of infection and poorer healing after the procedure); blood coagulation problems; certain bone tissue diseases; immunodeficiency; use of drugs.
- Smoking: smoking changes the body’s immunologic and inflammatory response and the studies have shown that compared to non-smokers smokers heal poorly after surgery and have a greater risk of loss of implants. Quitting smoking significantly increases the likelihood of a successful implant treatment.