Dental implants carry many advantages. For this reason, they have become the best choice in modern dentistry. Unfortunately, not all patients are suitable candidates, because of dental implant contraindications. On the bright side, there are very few absolute contraindications.
In the normal local anatomy there are some structures which act as anatomical barriers (the lower alveolar nerve inside the mandibular canal, maxillary sinuses, etc). in other cases, pathological formations (cysts, tumors, etc) inside the oro-maxillary-facial area, which shrink or even destroy the necessary bone for implants.
The major relative contraindications of implants is the insufficient size of the receiving alveolar bone. Because its recovery is possible! Through bone augmentation techniques, we can obtain predictable results!
The conditions which determine contraindications can impact the longevity of dental implants if specific measures are not enforced.
Most relative contraindications are only valid during the period the body is decompensat.
After bringing down the parameters to an acceptable level, the implants are inserted. These cases require monitoring programs which involve a strict hygiene and constant visits to the dentist for prophylactic sessions.
Osteoporosis is not a contraindication, therefore we can make dental implants adapted to low density bone.
In osteoporotic conditions treated with bisphosphonates, we recommend you stop treatment (Fosamax, Fosavans etc) some time before implant surgery. For any procedure which affect maxillary bones (including extractions), we ask you to inform us if you take these drugs.
Surely, there are conditions or habits (smoking or teeth grinding) which affect the rate of success and durability of dental implants. Teeth grinding is a risk factor, due to the pressure on the implant during bone integration. Movement of the implant can lead to its loss. In this case, we recommend extending the healing period with no mechanical pressure, occlusion adjustment and wearing some protective layer doing sleep.
If you find yourself in any of these situations, we can find a solution to maximize success and maintain the result. We will assess your general state of health and we will find the best treatment for you.