Most people who have lost teeth are candidates for dental implants. It is important to be in good health as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. Dental implants must be able to fuse to your jaw bone so patients who have uncontrolled diabetes or cancer may not have the bone density for that fusion take place. Other factors that could affect bone fusion are smoking, alcoholism and uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease. It is important to inform your dentist about your medical history and whether or not you’re taking any medications.
Where and how these implants are placed requires a detailed assessment of your overall teeth function. Compiling records that include study models of your mouth and bite along with 3D CT scans will help plan where the dental implants can be placed in the exactly right position in the bone.