Once most people who have been missing teeth for a while learn about gettingdental implants in Indianapolis and Fishers, they feel like their search is over. However, dental implants aren't right for everyone. If you don't meet the requirements for dental implants, they might not anchor properly, heal well, or remain comfortable and usable.
Before you can make an appointment to have your permanent dental implants placed, Dr. Edwards, our Indianapolis periodontist, will take the time to talk with you about your medical history and exam your mouth carefully. Here are just a few of the things that could affect the health of your dental implants, or make you ineligible for the procedure.
Existing medical conditions including hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, connective tissue diseases, or immune system deficiencies could make it more difficult for your dental implants to heal. If you suffer from any of these conditions, and dental implants were placed anyway, they could cause large-scale infections, bleeding issues, or simply fall out of their sockets. Because over 120 diseases display symptoms in the mouth, Dr. Edwards will inspect your mouth for the signs of these conditions. Your teeth will also be checked for signs of teeth grinding, or bruxism. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, you could unintentionally knock your new dental implants out of their sockets.
Like any other dental repair, dental implants need to be cared for properly. Implants need to be brushed twice a day, the same as your normal teeth, and flossed to remove food debris. You will also need to schedule regular dental exams to check your overall oral health. If you aren't committed to maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine, your dental implants could suffer as a result, which could make you ineligible for the procedure.
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Personal habits, such as smoking or drinking, could impact how your mouth heals, which could impact the health of your dental implants. Smoking can restrict blood flow to the new anchors of your implants, which could make them less stable. Patients who suffer from alcoholism or substance abuse might be less likely to make the necessary follow-up appointments or abide by doctor's orders, which can also harm your new implants. If you smoke, drink, or have problems with substance abuse, Dr. Edwards might recommend waiting to place dental implants until your mouth is healthier and more conducive to healing.
Dr. Edwards will also need to know what medications you take, so that they can determine how those medications could affect your new implants. For example, if you are on medications that could suppress your immune system, it could affect your body's ability to fight off oral infections. Before your initial dental implant consultation, gather together a list of medications--over-the-counter, prescription, and otherwise--so that Dr. Edwards can evaluate your condition properly.
Depending on your individual oral health and situation, dental implants might need to be a staged procedure, which means that they will be placed in several steps that span between 4-12 months. If you need an immediate tooth replacement, dental implants might not be right for you.
Your future plans will also be considered when you are evaluated for dental implants. For example, if you may become pregnant in the very near future, your dental implants procedure will need to wait until after you give birth.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Indy Implants today to schedule your initial consultation.