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If you have lost a tooth to injury, decay, infection, or periodontal disease, then you may be looking into restoring this tooth with a dental implant. This restoration replaces the tooth root in the jaw bone to create increased stability for the crown in the mouth. Dental implants are a great restoration option, but not everyone can receive them.

Patients in good health are probably able to receive the dental implants that restore tooth structure. But others may not be able to receive implants if they have certain health and lifestyle factors. You may not be a good candidate for dental implants because of the following circumstances:

  • Poor gum health (has periodontal disease)
  • A low jaw bone density
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Receives radiation treatment in the head or neck
  • A chronic disease (diabetes, hemophilia, autoimmune disorders)
  • A severe bruxism problem
  • Takes medications that suppress the immune system

The above factors can increase your risk for implant failure or put your health in danger if you go through an implant placement procedure. However, those who do not have these risk factors may be able to receive implants. Visit High Desert Dental for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.