Getting a dental implant is one of the best methods for replacing a missing tooth. They are strong, durable, and helps to prevent the loss of further teeth. What is more, the treatment has been perfected over the years, and the current success rate is up to 98%. Still, there are conditions that complicate the treatment process.
All surgeries stress the body. If you have a chronic disease, then your body is already stressed. Therefore, getting a dental implant while suffering from a chronic disease may not a simple affair. The combination may lead to an increased recovery period. Your dentist will need to know your entire medical history and consult with your physician before making a decision. Special concern is given to these diseases:
- Those that affect healing of wounds, such as diabetes and tuberculosis
- Those that interfere with clotting, such as thrombocytopenia (deficiency of blood platelets)
- Bone diseases such as cancer of the bones
Hormone levels surge during pregnancy, and this causes your tissues (including the gums) to swell. Such gums are sensitive to irritation and bleed easily. The surge of hormones is particularly great during the first trimester. At the same time, it can be difficult for you to lie on your back during your third semester. Lastly, a dental implant procedure may introduce infections into your bloodstream and harm your baby.
Therefore, pregnancy is not an ideal period for getting a dental implant. If it must be done, then the second trimester may be the time to do it. Of course, any decision should only be made after a thorough discussion with your dentist and your doctor.
Psychiatric or emotional disorders, such as depression, may not go well with dental implants. This is especially true if the disorder is severe enough to warrant professional treatment. Your psychiatric disorder is already stressful enough; you don't need to add to the stress by undergoing oral surgery.
Moreover, your disorder may also affect your motivation for following the recovery advice as given by your dentist. Yet, failure to follow these instructions may lead to implant failure or prolong recovery. Therefore, this is another situation that the different professionals handling your health conditions should discuss before your implant is scheduled.
Many people who need dental implants eventually get them. However, you should never rush the decision because your dentist, such as Dr. Andres Maeso, and doctors understand these situations better than you. Whenever you are advised to undergo further tests or consultations before getting an implant, follow the advice to the letter