Do certain health conditions reduce implant success?

For most patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are often the solution of choice. It may seem unbelievable that a single procedure can be so effective for millions of patients, but it is true. Dental implants are typically the best available tooth replacement alternative in almost every circumstance.

Still, it is important to undergo a thorough and comprehensive evaluation by an experienced periodontist to find out if dental implants are the right choice for you. There are certain health conditions that can reduce the success of your dental implants. Your periodontist can identify those conditions and help you to resolve them, if possible, prior to your implant procedure.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is one such condition. If uncontrolled, this disease can cause destruction to the gum tissue and bone loss at the location of the proposed implant. Since plentiful, dense bone structure is necessary for a successful implant, an infection as destructive as periodontal disease should be addressed as soon as possible.

Dental implants are typically the best available tooth replacement alternative in almost every circumstance.

Uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension can also reduce the success of your dental implants. These conditions are known to impair your body’s natural ability to heal. Because there is a surgical aspect to the dental implant procedure, it is critical that your body is able to fully recover. In fact, in order for the dental implant procedure to be successful, your jaw bone and gum tissue must be able to integrate and heal with the implant post.

Some health conditions, such as smoking, may lower the success rate for dental implants. It is important to note that smoking does not exclude you from seeking dental implants. However, your periodontist may be able to provide suggestions on how to modify your smoking habit for the success of your implant. For patients who are interested in quitting, educational smoking cessation materials may also be provided.

There are a number of health conditions that could reduce the success of your dental implants. Some of these conditions can be identified prior to the implant procedure. Others may develop in the years after the implants are placed. Your periodontist is prepared to evaluate the impact of these conditions in your particular case.

Call 718-544-8787 today for your comprehensive dental implant consultation at our Periodontics and Implant Surgery office serving Queens.

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