Implants for Everyone

Dental implants are popular among dentist and are usually the recommended choice for the replacement of missing tooth or teeth. It provides a long-term solution to missing teeth unlike the use of dentures and fixed bridge, which may need to be replaced over a period of time. Dental implants on the other hand can last a lifetime if maintained well. But are dental implants suitable for everyone? No not really and here is a list of reasons why dental implants are not going to help everyone with tooth loss.

The cost of dental implants has traditionally been high although we work hard at providing you with an affordable dental implant treatment option. Most insurance companies are still catching up with the new technology and most do not cover the procedure. As such, it may not be affordable to all.

Implants require strong bone support. People who have bone loss or small bones may not be suitable for the surgery or they may need additional bone grafting surgery. Some patients even with extensive bone grafting may not have enough supporting tissue to be restored with some of the implant treatment options.

Children and teenagers are rarely considered for this treatment because they are not finished growing. the implant would become submerged as the bone in their facial structures continued to grow around them.

People with uncontrolled systemic or localized diseases are not suitable for dental implants. Dental implants can be considered when the patient is managed and controlled in their diseases process. Some examples include diabetes, cavities, periodontitis, hypertension, bleeding disorders, immunocompromised, and so on.

People who are heavy smokers and alcohol drinkers also have a higher failure rate for dental implants because they tend to be poor healers.

Finally, dental implants are still susceptible to gingivitis and periodontitis. They require regular cleaning and care to prevent possible infection, which may lead to implant failure. As such, people who are not vigilant in their oral hygiene effect are not likely to be good candidates for dental implants.