Dental implants are suitable for most people. Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, you can receive dental implants to restore optimal functionality and aesthetics. Dental implants bond to the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration, serving as a replacement for your complete tooth structures. In general, there are no major limitations with dental implants.
In rare cases, however, a patient may be deemed unsuitable for dental implants because they have underlying conditions that prevent healing, there is too little bone tissue or there is a possibility of an allergic reaction to titanium implants. However, these are extremely rare cases and most of them can be overcome. This article looks at the limitations of dental implants and how they can be overcome using different methods.
The 3 most Common Dental Implant Limitations and How to Overcome Them
#1. Impaired Healing
After you receive dental implants, you have to go through a healing process called osseointegration. Your jawbone gradually heals around the implant and anchors it like a natural root, making it part of your anatomy. However, some people have an impaired healing ability that delays the osseointegration process or prevents sufficient bone growth to anchor the implant. Therefore, people with impaired healing ability may not be ideal candidates for dental implants.
Solution: Temporarily discontinue certain medicines
Most people suffer from an impaired ability to heal due to certain medications known as bisphosphonates, such as alendronic acid. These drugs slow down the body's natural healing processes. In addition, healing can also be affected by excessive smoking. To get around this problem, your dentist may ask you to stop smoking and stop taking certain medications a few months before the procedure. You need to be completely transparent with your dentist about your lifestyle and the medications you are taking.
#2. Insufficient Jaw Bone
Solution: Bone grafting for augmentation
#3. Titanium Allergies
Solution: Zirconia (ceramic) dental implants
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