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Can anyone have dental implants?

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Dr. Ira Biderman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Depends: It depends how much bone you have and where nerves, sinuses, etc. Are in relation to the level of the bone. Best thing to do is go to a specilaist that places implants and they willlet you know if you are a candidate or not.

Answered 11/8/2015

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Dr. Thomas Davis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Implants: Almost everyone. Evaluation of the medical history, radiographs to evaluate bone, review of medications and to see if the patient has any medical complications. Quality of the bone and ability for bone to heal are key.

Answered 1/5/2019

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Dr. John K Sullivan answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Usually Yes!: Dental implants work very well, depending on the health of the individual. The success rate drops with smokers and certain diseases such as diabetes, but discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon, and they can give you the answer based on your health.

Answered 6/5/2013

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Dr. Donald Nimz answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Almost anyone: Contraindications are insufficient bone, nerve position, heavy smoker, and others.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Scott Frank answered

Specializes in Immediate Implant Placement

Most: Almost anyone who is healthy or has well controlled medical problems can successfully have dental implants.

Answered 4/25/2014

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Generally Yes: If a particular individual is relatively healthy and has enough bone hieght and width in the particular area, dental implants are the best treatment choice in replacing missing or lost teeth. Sometimes it can even be done immediately when a hopeless tooth is remove the same day!

Answered 4/25/2014

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Dr. Brian Dorfman answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Yes, almost: With today's technology it is possible to place implants in anybody even if there us insufficient bone. With bone grafting techniques, short implants, tilted implants and biological modifiers and growth factors it is physically possible. Today I am able to offer implants to anybody. The only reason I do not place implants is if the patient has one of a handful of medical conditions.

Answered 4/25/2015

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Pretty much so: Unless you have an overriding disease or condition that would prevent localized surgery or healing of bone, most people are candidates. If there is very little bone to work with , often grafting can be done, or other specialized techniques utilized. The use of certain drugs for osteoporosis can be a concern and increase the risk of complications.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Almost everyone!: With careful treatment planning after taking comprehensive records on a patient, almost everyone is an implant candidate! some individuals might be straight forward and some might need some extra steps to prepare the spot in their mouths to have the implants placed, but that being understood, nearly every basically healthy person is a viable candidate.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Dr. Andres Carbunaru answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Prosthodontics

Yes: Today on edge it very rare to find limitation to place an implant. Real limitations are medical or psycological issues, but are very few. So almost everybody can have implants in their mouth. It is my first treatment option for any missing tooth.

Answered 9/1/2013

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Dr. Rod Zimmerman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

No: There are patients considered not a good candidate for dental implants. Patients with immunosuppressive diseases, patients with history of head and neck radiation therapy, recent myocardial infarction; patients on intravenous bisphosphonate.

Answered 4/9/2016

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Dr. Gary Brigham answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

No: There are multiple medical complications and patient treatment histories that eliminate certain patients as qualified candidates for implants. In addition, certain anatomical situations, such as inadequate bone support in the implant area, mitigate against implants unless bone augmentation procedures are conducted prior to implant consideration.

Answered 1/4/2015

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Dr. Mark Venincasa answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

For most people, yes: Dental implants are placed in relatively healthy patients. For some patients there may be an insufficient amount of bone to support a dental implant; in many of these cases the bone quality can be enhanced with grafts. Dental implants are not recommended for those who smoke. There must be an adequate amount of space between existing teeth as well; too small a gap would prevent the recommendation.

Answered 4/30/2017

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Dr. Don Millner answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Adults not children!: As others have said, adequate bone support, systemic good health and good surgical technique will give successful results in adults. However, they are not recommended for children under 22, especially in the visible smile zone since the "height " of their surrounding teeth and gums will change and the implants "height" will remain the same thereby creating a cosmetic failure.

Answered 4/9/2014

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