If you have a tooth, or several teeth missing in your mouth, dental implant technology may be the answer. Through the use of a titanium implant and a dental crown made of synthetic material, your dentist will be able to replace any missing teeth with a natural looking tooth. Your dentist will want to know if you are a smoker, or if you are struggling with gum disease, as both can prevent you from getting dental implants. In addition, some people who are diabetic are not able to get dental implants because of a decreased ability to heal. When you are considering implants to restore your smile, you'll start with a conversation with your dentist about your options.

Smokers Can't Get Dental Implants

It is the act of inhaling smoke that creates a dry, unhealthy environment for a dental implant. As dentists discovered that most implants used in smokers failed pretty quickly, this became a technology no longer used to replace missing teeth for those that smoke. The sucking action of smoking can make it difficult for the implant to embed into the jaw, and smoking in general causes problems with the gums that make it hard for the gum to heal after the implant is inserted. The good news is that if you quit smoking, you become a viable candidate for dental implant surgery.

If You Have Gum Disease

People suffer from gum disease for any number of reasons. If your gum disease is severe, dental implants are unlikely to work in your mouth. If your dentist can reverse your gum disease, then you will be able to get implants in the near future. You need healthy gums in order for the implant to take hold. If you are unable to control your gum disease, you will need to look for other options to replace your missing tooth such as a bridge or dentures.

When You are Diabetic

Being a diabetic does not automatically mean that you can't get dental implants. If your blood sugar is under good control, there is no reason for you not to benefit from dental implants to restore your smile. If you haven't been able to control blood sugar levels, your implants are more likely to get infected and it is not recommended. 

If you want to get implants to improve your smile, you'll need to talk with a dentist, like one from Dental Services Of Rochester, about your viability as a candidate.