Dental Implants: Are They Right For You? | Dental Implants Schaumburg

Dental Implants Schaumburg

Implants are a fantastic option for replacing teeth that have been lost since they look and feel like natural teeth, and they can be made to last a lifetime. It is important to note, however, that not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants. In order to be considered for dental implants, factors such as dental hygiene, lifestyle, and overall health need to be taken into consideration. There are several factors that may increase the likelihood of poor outcomes when it comes to dental implants.

Bone Loss

Dental implants should be placed in patients who have sufficient bone to support and hold the implant. Sometimes, even if you do not have enough bone, it can be rebuilt through the use of bone grafting. Implants can actually prevent further bone loss once they have been placed. 

Gum disease

Healthy gums support healthy bones and teeth. Gum recession and bone tissue loss occur as a result of bacterial gum infections progressing to gum disease (periodontal disease). The risk of dental implant failure increases when there is not enough healthy bone to support the implant.

Severe Bruxism 

An individual who grinds and clenches their teeth severely may put too much pressure on the implant and damage it. Therefore, these individuals may not be suitable candidates. It is necessary to treat bruxism first, which may be achieved through the use of a mouth guard, stretching and relaxation techniques, and/or therapeutic Botox® injections.

Uncontrolled Chronic Disorders

Chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease may increase the risk of infection and slow wound healing, which may compromise the success of dental implants. You may also be more susceptible to implant failure if you have leukemia, bone cancer, thyroid problems, blood diseases, or if you are receiving radiation therapy.


As dental implants are surgical procedures, heavy smokers are at a higher risk of infection and may heal more slowly after surgery. It is therefore more likely that implants will fail if they are placed in the mouth of someone who smokes.

Certain Medications

A patient taking certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system, may not be a good candidate for dental implants if they are taking these medications. SSRI antidepressants, antibiotics (e.g. ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin), and bisphosphonates also contribute to bone loss and inhibit bone growth, making dental implants more challenging to integrate.

Even though these are the most common risk factors, they are not an exhaustive list, so each patient’s candidacy for dental implants needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today. Our dental implant office is here to ensure you have a natural-looking smile to last a lifetime.

Schaumburg Dental Implant Center
Phone: 630-237-6891
1701 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 521
Schaumburg, IL 60173