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Can people with underlying disease get dental implants?

Create Date | 17 September, 2020 1215 Views


Are people with an underlying disease suitable for dental implants?

A dental implant treatment is a surgical replacement of a natural tooth root by fusing titanium piece to the jawbone.  It is one of dental procedures to fix missing teeth when patients want to regain confidence, a beautiful smile or better oral quality of life without wearing dentures. In most cases healthy people can have the operation successfully.

However, some patients who have underlying medical conditions cannot have this elective surgery safely. Patients who have these diseases are recommended to see a dental doctor before undergoing the implant procedures.

The underlying diseases include;

  • severe diabetes,
  • head or neck cancer
  • and osteoporosis

 

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I am a diabetic, can I get dental implants?

Several medical researches disclose that patients with severe diabetes have significantly increase risks of dental implant failure.  In patients with diabetes, the body cannot produce enough insulin or fails to properly use the insulin that is produced. Whenever any of this occurs, the body is unable to get sugar from the blood into the cells, which leads to high blood sugar and slow-healing wounds.  The dental implant treatment involves oral surgery which then creates post-surgical wounds. If the patients receive an inappropriate post-surgical healing, their post-surgical wound gets infected. Hence, they have a high risk of treatment failure. Therefore, patients who have diabetes should consult a dentist before going through with a dental implant.

 

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Why should patients with head or neck cancer not have dental implants?

Patients with head or neck cancer who radiation therapy to the treated area is not suitable for dental implants. There are several contributing factors to a contraindication. The radiation can cause the following side-effects:

  • Redness
  • Skin irritation
  • Pain in the head and neck area
  • Bulging of check and tongue

In addition, bones exposed to radiation may become osteopenia or osteonecrosis (bone cell death).  Consequently, the patients have high risk of getting adverse effects from dental implant placement.

 

Why are patients with osteoporosis not advised for dental implant placement?

Dental surgery places tiny titanium posts into the treated area of jawbones. When the titanium posts are fused into the fragile jawbones, it has a high risk of failure due to jaw bone fractures and the fallen-out titanium posts

Patients with osteoporosis are a contraindication for dental implant surgery since their bones and jawbones become weak and brittle.  For the dental implants, a dental surgeon places tiny titanium posts into treated area of jawbones.  When the titanium posts are fused into the fragile jawbones, it has a high risk of failure due to jaw bone fractures and the fallen-out titanium posts.

When considering dental implants, it is advisable to make a preliminary conversation with a dental professional. You can share your current situation about your missing teeth, your medical history and express your concerns. Your dentist will make oral evaluation together with your medical conditions for the best possible outcome of the dental implant treatment.

 


What is the other alternative?

If you aren’t suitable for dental implants due to the underlying diseases, your dentist can suggest an alternative treatment that suits your condition.

  • Dentures: A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures.

 

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Who can get dental implants?

A frequent question arises when people consider about dental implants, dentures or a dental bridge. This may be one of the following questions.

  • Am I suitable for dental implants?
  • Can I undergo an implant surgery? or
  • How do I know whether I can or cannot undergo this treatment?

The simple answer is that in most cases, anyone with good health and healthy gums is eligible for a dental implant.  In other words, if you can undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery, you can be considered for a dental implant. Dental implants may be right for you if you:

  • Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth, this usually happens when you reach 18 years old.
  • Have a set of healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant.
  • Have one or more missing teeth, broken teeth.
  • Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
  • Are unable or unwilling to undergo dental bridge
  • Want to improve your smile and speeches
  • Are willing to commit to several months to the process
  • Don’t smoke heavily

Who is not eligible for dental implants?

On the other hand, dental implants are probably not suitable for everybody. A certain health condition may affect the treatment.  Therefore, people with any of the following health conditions should consult with a dentist before having an implant:

  • Those under the age of 18, because the jaws are still growing
  • Pregnant patients
  • Heavy smokers or anyone suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders – diabetes or heart disease
  • Patients who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck
  • People with osteoporosis or taking bisphosphonates for an extended period of time as a treatment for osteoporosis
  • Patients with periodontitis or gum disease. In this case, additional dental treatment before undergoing dental implants is highly recommended
  • Patient with leukemia, hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis, and immunosuppressants or immunosuppressive agents
  • Patients with schizophrenia or painful control of muscle contraction

You can make an initial self-evaluation from the aforementioned checklist whether you are suitable for this dental procedure. Alternatively, you can meet with dentists to discuss your possible surgery, they will review your medical history to ensure you can proceed with the surgery.

After the dentist initially determine you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant, you get to the next process of the preparation for the dental implant surgery. There is no special preparation for anyone with good physical health and healthy oral tissue. In some case, people under certain medications or drug allergy should inform these health circumstance to the dentist. In this preparation stage, the 3D image x-rays or dental CT scans are used to enable the dentists to customize the most effective treatment plan.

 

What are alternatives?

If you aren’t eligible for dental implants, your dentist may suggest alternative options of tooth replacement treatment that suits your condition.

  • Dental bridge: A treatment of replacing tooth option using fixed prosthesis to either single or multiple teeth. Some bridges are done by placing crowns on the surrounding teeth, while others may be treated in different ways.
  • Dentures: A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures.

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