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Who can get a dental implant?

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Who can get a dental implant?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. For this purpose, dental implants represent the best option. Most people are good candidates for implants.

A good candidate should have:

- healthy gums
- a good bone structure to anchor the implants in the jaw — Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants, but first the bone must be rebuilt using special procedures.
- commitment – they to take very good care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums — Daily brushing and flossing are essential. Regular visits to the dentist for follow-up are also important.

Some people may not be good candidates for implants. They include:

- young people - because their jawbones have not stopped growing
- pregnant women
- heavy smokers – smoking can cause implant rejection. In smokers, gums heal more slowly than in non smokers
- alcohol or substance abusers – they are more likely not to follow dentist’s pre op and post op advices. They are more likely not to go to follow – up visits
- people who have received high-dose radiation treatment of the head or neck
- uncontrolled diabetes
- gum disease and connective tissue diseases
- hemophilia
- immune deficiencies
- people who take certain medicines, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system
- people who severely grind or clench their teeth — These habits can place too much pressure on the implants and increase the risk of failure.

Your dentist can evaluate you to see if you would be a good candidate for implants.
You still may be a good candidate for implants even if you have one of these conditions. It depends on the extent and severity of the condition.






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