3 Situations Where Dental Implants Might Not Be Possible (And How to Overcome Them)

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Dental implants are always possible for people missing one, several, or even all their teeth. In most cases, healthy patients with good oral health can get dental implants without extended preparations. However, patients with compromised healing capabilities or insufficient jawbone may need additional preparations before getting dental implants. This article explains the limitations associated with dental implants in greater detail. 

1. You have compromised healing… 

After the dental implant is screwed into your jawbone, the surrounding bone tissues must heal around the implant via a process known as osseointegration. During this period, the jawbone gradually bonds with the implant surface, making it a rooted part of your dental anatomy. However, some people have compromised healing capabilities due to underlying medical conditions, excessive smoking, or the use of certain medications called bisphosphonates. 

Your dentist will perform numerous tests to ensure you have a strong healing capability before proceeding with the implantation. You must also be completely transparent about your lifestyle, smoking habits, and medication/ drug usage. In most cases, you can overcome your healing limitations by quitting tobacco (in any form) and stopping certain medications. And, in other cases, the dentist may recommend treatments to restore your body’s healing capabilities before proceeding with the implants. 

2. You have insufficient jawbone… 

You must have sufficient jawbone tissues in the implantation site. If you don’t have enough jawbone tissues, the implant won’t have an adequate structure for rooting, making it loose and weak. Generally speaking, patients have insufficient jawbone at the implantation site if they wait too long before getting implants. If you use dentures for several years before considering implants, you may have insufficient jawbone. That’s because the jawbone starts disintegrating once the tooth is removed. 

To prevent this from occurring, you should get an implant soon after your extraction or loss of a tooth. However, you can still get dental implants even if you have insufficient jawbone — you’ll just have to wait longer. The dentist can perform a bone grafting procedure to encourage bone regeneration. During this procedure, the dentist places a bone grafting material at the implantation site to encourage bone regeneration, making dental implants possible. 

3. You have titanium allergies… 

Technically speaking, you can get dental implants even if you have titanium allergies. But, in that case, you should ideally opt for ceramic implants instead of titanium implants. That’s because titanium implants can trigger your allergies a few weeks, months, or even years after the surgery. Titanium allergies can lead to swelling, redness, irritation, and the gradual loss of the implant, and tracing its source can be difficult. That’s why you must be tested for titanium allergies ahead of time. 

Zirconia (ceramic) implants allow you to avoid the possibility of titanium allergies altogether. Zirconia is a non-metallic material with negligible risks of corrosion or allergies, making it a favorable alternative to titanium implants. While zirconia implants are relatively new, studies have shown that they have similar success rates as titanium implants while minimizing the risk of allergies. If you have titanium allergies or want to avoid the minute possibility, you should consider ceramic implants. 

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