Advancements in technique and technology have opened up candidacy for dental implants to virtually anyone. For patients who have lost bone tissue, Drs. Mike Meek and David Tasch at 38th Street Dental can determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants at our office in Austin, TX. Depending on the case, we may be able to boost candidacy with preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift to restore jawbone tissue.
The Importance of Overall Health
In order to undergo oral surgery, you should be in good overall health and be prepared to discuss your full medical history with our doctors. While preexisting conditions such as diabetes can restrict candidacy, certain patients can potentially enjoy the same level of success as patients without diabetes.
Smoking may affect your candidacy more severely. In addition to undermining overall health, this habit can increase your risk of gum disease and implant failure.
What Can Disqualify a Candidate?
Unfortunately, there are certain medical conditions that can undermine the potential success of implants, including:
- Cardiac issues and major heart valve concerns
- Ongoing cancer treatment
- Immunosuppressive therapy
- Long-term use of bisphosphonatesfor osteoporosis
- Untreated bruxism
If any of these conditions apply to you, our doctors may recommend an alternative treatment, such as dentures or dental bridges.