Most patients are good candidates for dental implant surgery. And for the majority of patients with missing teeth, implants are the ideal tooth replacement option.
But in rare cases, the procedure is not possible. If you’re questioning whether you can successfully replace the gaps in your smile with dental implants, a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon can advise you on your options.
Serious Medical Conditions Can Preclude Implant Surgery
With certain health issues, the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits. Your oral surgeon is likely to suggest an alternate method of tooth replacement if you suffer from any of the following:
- Recent heart attack or stroke
- An immunodeficiency disorder
- A condition that affections coagulation
- An unstable endocrine disorder
In addition, if you’re in treatment for cancer, implant surgery will be off the table — at least for a while.
Most Patients Are Good Candidates for Dental Implant Surgery
If you didn’t see your medical condition listed above, you can likely consider implants. Oral surgeons routinely place implants in patients with diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and other common chronic health issues. Also, smokers, seniors and patients who’ve had gaps in their smiles for years are eligible.
Most people who are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction can get implants. So the chances are good that you can, too.
How to Increase the Odds of Dental Implant Surgery Success
Of the millions of implants placed every year, only a very small percentage fail. And when an expert in tooth replacement performs the procedure, the probability of success is 98 percent. Not many elective surgeries can boast those same odds!
You can also take steps to give yourself an even greater chance for an optimal outcome. Failure is highly unlikely if you:
- Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol for as long as possible after surgery.
- Avoid putting pressure on your teeth during the recovery period.
- Maintain solid oral health care habits, including daily brushing and flossing.
- Schedule regular oral surgeon examinations and professional dental cleanings
Are dental implants right for you? If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area and want to explore your tooth replacement options, turn to the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.
With over a decade of experience replacing missing teeth, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, our board-certified oral surgeons, can offer expert advice on the best approach to restoring your smile. Contact any of our three convenient northern Utah offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implant surgery today.