What can prevent oral implant success? A brief guide from High Dental Implants in Melbourne
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard about oral implants.
Fitted to the jaw with prosthetic teeth screwed on top, these have turned the world of restorative dental care around, offering patients a way to replace missing teeth without concerns about movement or sores forming on their gums.
Of course, these are the number 1 choice for many of our patients who have lost single or multiple teeth as they require minimal aftercare and also boast a lifespan of over 20 years with correct dental care. What’s not to like?
At High Dental Implants in Melbourne, our team will always be happy to conduct assessments on any patient who wishes to replace their missing teeth with implants. However, like many cosmetic and restorative procedures, there is a list of suitability requirements if you wish to have oral implants fitted, which we will discuss in this article.
What are the requirements and restrictions of High Dental Implants in Melbourne? Read on to find out.
Firstly, in order to be suitable for High Dental Implants in Melbourne, our team will need to assess the density and amount of jaw bone that you have.
Why? Because oral implants need a stable base to be attached to and if you do not meet requirements, traditional endosteal implants cannot be fitted. You may be suited for either subperiosteal or mini-implants depending on where the implant is needed in the mouth, as they have fewer restrictions.
Gum disease can cause natural teeth to fall out if untreated and so, our dental team will need to get any gum disease that you have under control before implants are attempted for the same reason.
In short, it is a waste of time and money having implants fitted if they will simply fall out due to untreated gingivitis!
There are some illnesses and conditions which can prevent your suitability for having oral implants.
One of the most common ones is diabetes but only if you are not managing it correctly; due to slower healing times, there is a higher chance of your implants falling out or not fusing to the bone correctly. Another ailment which causes issues with oral implants is osteoporosis. As it causes the bone to wear away and succumb to calcium loss, it has an obvious detrimental impact on implants being fitted.
There are also medications which can cause issues with the success of oral implants.
If you have an autoimmune issue, the immunosuppressants can cause the body to reject the implants. Many medications used to treat cancers can pose a problem, so talk to our team about suitability based on any medications that you take at the initial consultation.
If you smoke or drink alcohol excessively, these can cause the gums to recede and heighten the chances of oral cancers developing.
Having an obvious negative impact on implants, our team will aim to help you quit these habits before your oral implants are fitted.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.