When it comes to oral health, even if you take proper care of your teeth, life can provide unexpected moments. Some good, some bad. If you find yourself in a position where a tooth or multiple teeth are already lost, have become damaged beyond repair, or need to be extracted, your next step is to consider tooth replacement options. One such option for tooth replacement offered in Aurora, Illinois, is dental implants. When you visit Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin and the team at Total Health Dental, you can find out if you are a good candidate for implants. Not everybody will be a good candidate, so who should not get dental implants? Let’s take a look!
If you have unhealthy gums, you may not qualify for dental implants. You need healthy gums to support the implant and attached tooth prosthetic. While early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are easily reversed, later stages of periodontal disease could result in a recession of the gums and even degradation of your jawbone.
Dental implants are implanted directly into the jawbone, so they rely on a healthy bone structure for support. If you do not have enough jawbone structure to support a dental implant, this could prevent you from being a good candidate. Bone loss can occur for many reasons, but procedures such as bone grafting can restore your jaw’s integrity and allow for a dental implant.
Do you consistently grind your teeth at night while asleep? This is called bruxism and is a common habit among people. It can lead to detrimental teeth grinding at night or in moments of stress, leading to damaged teeth, gums, and jawbone. While bruxism likely will not lead to you being disqualified from getting a dental implant, it must be reviewed and addressed.
If you are seeking dental implants, you can schedule a consultation with your local Aurora, Illinois, dentist.