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Do I qualify for dental implants?

image of an animated dental implantMissing Teeth? You Might Need Implants!

If you are missing one or more teeth, you might have been researching dental implants as a replacement option. Many people who come to our Steele Creek, NC practice asking about dental implants want to know whether or not they qualify for them.

The best way to find out for sure if you qualify is to visit the dentist. Dr. Harlow can conduct a thorough examination to find out if your bone is strong enough to support dental implants.

Some of the reasons people may not be eligible for dental implants include:

  • Bone loss. If you have been missing teeth for a while, your bone may have already deteriorated to the point where it cannot support dental implants.
  • Smoking. Although this habit may not disqualify you from getting dental implants, it will significantly reduce the probability of success. Smoking impairs your body’s ability to heal properly, and this can impact the healing process of dental implants.
  • Chemotherapy. If you have ever undergone radiation treatment for cancer, this might impair the ability of your jawbone to bond with the implants. Depending on when you had the chemotherapy, your body might also have a more difficult time healing from the dental implant procedure.

Be sure to talk to your dentist about any of these conditions when seeking advice about dental implants. Often these can be overcome with specific treatment and proper planning. 

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