When it comes time for a tooth to be replaced, we want the best for each of our patients, which is why we normally recommend dental implants. A dental implant is a completely stable and natural-feeling restoration that will restore function and aesthetics to your smile. However, there are instances where a dental implant is not the best solution. We’ve outlined those situations in the following list and what we can do to take care of your situation.

1) A Mouth That is Still Growing
We avoid placing dental implants until the jaw has completed its growth. If a patient is in the young adults years, we might wait to place the implant until we are sure it is safe to place the implant.

2) Uncontrolled Illness
Before undergoing oral surgery, patients must be healthy. Something like uncontrolled diabetes or lupus can cause problems from infection after the procedure. We would need to wait for a clean bill of health from your general practitioner before continuing.

3) Heavy Tobacco Use
If you are a heavy smoker or tobacco user, oral surgery is difficult because your body is not able to heal as quickly as it would if you were not using tobacco. We will ask that you cut back or quit using tobacco for the days surrounding your procedure.

A dental implant is a fantastic way to replace a missing tooth. The implant will last you for a lifetime and will leave you feeling completely confident with a restoration that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Contact us today to set up an appointment where you can learn more about dental implants. Let us know how we can help you get the smile of your dreams!

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