Are you a candidate for dental implants?
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult, whether you need to replace one, several or all your teeth, there is likely a dental implant solution for you.
With the general exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for many people, even those with the following health concerns:
- Bone and soft tissue loss. The loss of bone and soft tissue is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had gum disease. Oral and facial surgeons are trained and experienced in bone and tissue grafting to safely secure the implant.
- Existing medical conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful implant candidates.
- Gum disease or problem teeth. Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.
- Currently wearing partials or dentures. Implants ca replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
- Smokers. Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.
- Bisphosphonate, antiresorptive, and antiangiogenic therapies. Research has indicated a link between a degenerative condition known as Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw and the long-term use of intravenous and oral bisphosphonate drugs used to treat osteoporosis and some forms of cancer, as well as antiresorptive and antiangiogenic therapies, both used in cancer treatment.
Be sure to tell your oral and facial surgeon if you are on bisphosphonate, antiresorptive or antiangiogenic drug therapy before you schedule any oral surgery, including the placement of dental implants.
Call our office (412) 262-5091 to schedule your Dental Implant consultation with Dr. Joe Goth.
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