Medically reviewed by: Maher Jandali DMD, MD

Female Model for Dental ImplantsDental implants are a preferred method of tooth replacement due to their durability and long-term benefits. Advances in technology have improved treatment and expanded eligibility to more patients wanting to restore their smile. However, you may be wondering if existing medical conditions prevent you from receiving dental implants.

The answer depends on your individual health and oral care needs. There are some instances where an alternative treatment plan is recommended instead of dental implants, and other cases where existing conditions are manageable and dental implants can be used. One of the benefits of working with oral surgeons is they have medical training in addition to dental training, enabling them to provide more comprehensive and complex care.

Determining Dental Implant Eligibility

The first step is scheduling a consultation with an oral surgeon and letting them know about any chronic or acute medical conditions and how you are treating these issues. Your surgeon will review your medical and dental history to identify any contraindications that may impact surgery, recovery, or dental implant success. Your health and well-being are top priorities, so your surgeon wants to ensure they are creating a treatment plan that is right for you.

Having pre-existing conditions does not necessarily mean you cannot receive dental implants. Your oral surgeon will collaborate with your other healthcare providers to verify that any chronic conditions are well managed and to coordinate surgery with appropriate safety precautions in mind.

Preparing for Dental Implants

You want to start out with a healthy mouth, so treating gum disease or periodontal disease prior to surgery is essential. Periodontal disease can lead to bone deterioration or infection, which can prevent the proper fusion of implants with your jaw if left untreated. These conditions can be remedied to improve gum health and make you a better candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants require adequate bone quality and quantity to hold implants securely in place. Bone grafting builds up the jawbone where bone loss has occurred and may be recommended to prepare your mouth for implant surgery. This procedure can correct issues that may have previously prevented you from receiving dental implants.

Restore Your Smile

At Oral and Facial Surgery of Naperville, our doctors aim to improve the appearance, function, and health of your smile. Dental implants may be a viable tooth replacement option for you even if you have existing medical conditions. We will develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals to create a beautiful smile, whether that includes dental implants or a different procedure. Learn more about your options by calling (630) 961-5151 to schedule a consultation.