Losing a tooth does not have to be a huge deal. Sure, it may feel like it at first. This is especially true if the missing tooth is in your visible “smile zone,” where everyone can see the gap when you smile. Aside from the cosmetic concerns, a missing tooth can lead to some serious oral health complications down the road as well.
If you live in Pierrefonds, Dr. Ramin Mirmooji and the team at Msmiline Cosmetic Dentistry would like to share the benefits of dental implants with you. Patients have been reaping the benefits of dental implants from the local dentist for years, but what if you have an autoimmune disease? Will this prevent you from getting a dental implant? Let’s find out!
Dental implants are a proven and effective long-term solution that patients have been choosing to replace missing teeth for years. However, they may not be the ideal solution for everybody. If you are afflicted with specific medical conditions, such as an autoimmune disease, you may not find success with a dental implant. Dr. Mirmooji likes to sit down with each patient he sees to discuss medical histories to determine if they are a good candidate for dental implants.
Autoimmune diseases are a type of illness that causes your body’s immune system to attack healthy tissue. This often leads to symptoms like inflammation. There are many different types of autoimmune disease, with some of the most common being:
When you schedule an appointment with your dentist for a consultation regarding dental implants, they will consider several factors to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. These factors include the current state of your oral health, overall well-being, and jawbone, which needs to be healthy and strong enough to support a dental implant. Your medical history will also be looked at to see if you have any diseases that could negatively impact the procedure’s success.
For a dental implant to succeed, the jawbone must be able to fuse to it once the implant has been surgically placed. This occurs during osseointegration, which takes several weeks while you heal from your implant procedure. If osseointegration fails for any reason, your implant will not be able to support the restoration being placed, usually a dental crown.
To answer the question, will having an autoimmune disease disqualify you from getting a dental implant? Studies do indicate that there is a link between autoimmune disease and dental implant failure. One of the common side effects of autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can make it more difficult for your gums to heal and for your jawbone to fuse to the implant. While an autoimmune disease can decrease the probability of you being considered a good candidate for the procedure, it does not automatically disqualify you. Talk with your dentist about your specific condition to determine your candidacy.