Who is a High Risk Implant Patient?
Dental implants are an excellent option for many people who have lost one or more teeth. However, as Dr. Wen Li-Cavallo of Bella Dental explains, dental implants may not be the right option for everyone.
Specifically, Dr. Li-Cavallo says that people are diabetic, as well as people who are taking corticosteroids, people who are smokers, and people who have uncontrolled heart disease, are considered “high-risk” candidates for dental implants.
For diabetic patients, in particular, problems can arise if the patient’s jaw cannot grow together with the titanium implant in the way that it needs to. If an implant cannot become secured permanently in the jaw, then that implant will ultimately fail. Smokers face this same issue, since smoking can make the jaw less likely to accept a new implant. Meanwhile, the prolonged use of corticosteroids can make the body more prone to certain types of infections, which is never what someone wants when he or she is having dental implants placed.
Although these factors do not disqualify a person from getting dental implants, they do add another layer to the process that needs to be examined before a dentist like Dr. Li-Cavallo can recommend one course of treatment over another.
At Dr. Li-Cavallo’s office in Tribeca, dentures are often discussed as a possible alternative to dental implants in cases where a patient’s health history makes him or her a less-than-ideal candidate.
For people who aren’t sure what dental implants are, or how implants and dentures in Tribeca can benefit their lives, Dr. Li-Cavallo explains it like this: Implants are a small titanium piece that is screwed into the mouth and acts as the root of a tooth. A dentist like Dr. Li-Cavallo would then put a crown on top of that metal root, which would serve as the tooth going forward.
Good candidates for dental implants are people who do not have any pre-existing health problems. In general, people who have good bones – in the sense that they are healthy and strong – are the most likely to be considered the best candidates for dental implants and dentures in Tribeca.
One last factor that Dr. Li-Cavallo mentions as a determining factor in whether someone is a good candidate for dental implants or dentures in Tribeca is where that person is missing a tooth in his or her mouth. The position of the lost tooth will play a role in limiting what options are available for replacing it, either with a bridge, an implant, or dentures. In Tribeca, Dr. Li-Cavallo offers all three of these treatments to patients in need.
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