Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

You Can Have Dental Implants

Upon hearing about dental implants in their treatment plans, many patients quickly dismiss the possibility of
having their teeth restored with implants because they are convinced that they can’t have implants due to a medical
condition or their age. The good news is that there are only a very few medical conditions that would prevent a
patient from having dental implants placed, and when it comes to dental implant treatment, age isn’t a restricting
factor.

Medical Conditions and Dental Implants

Many people in today’s society are being treated for common conditions such as high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, diabetes, anxiety and depression. As long as these types of conditions are well controlled by diet or
medication, they usually won’t prevent you from having a dental implant placed.

Of course, we would want to speak with the physician to make sure that the blood pressure and blood sugar are
in a healthy range (as we would for any surgical procedure).

Osteoporosis Medicine and Dental Implants

Patients who take certain medications (called Bisphosphonates) for osteoporosis should try to have dental
implant treatment before starting their treatment regimen, or many years after stopping osteoporosis treatment. The
reason behind this logic is that Bisphosphonate medications (such as Fosomax and Boniva) work by limiting the
speed at which your bone remodels, thereby slowing down the bone loss from osteoporosis. However, when these
drugs are used, they can also slow down healing and in extreme cases, they can prevent healing and lead to
infections. Thus, while being on an osteoporosis medicine will not explicitly prevent you from having treatment
with dental implants, it’s essential that you tell us that you are on these medications (and all of your medications) so
we can consult with the physician and make an informed treatment decision.

Age and Dental Implants

Age doesn’t matter. The only real limitation with age and having treatment with dental implants is that you will
need to make a number of visits to the office to have the implants placed and restored. Other than that, there’s no
reason why age will prevent you from having implants. In fact, dental implants are fantastic for patients who have
loose lower dentures, as implant-retained dentures can be life-changing for many.



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