My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
While most people who get dental implants never have problems, others may develop implant failure. This is typically the result of preexisting medical conditions, and sometimes, the result of prescription medications. Here are some things that may raise your risk for dental implant failure and what you can do about them:
Insufficient Blood Supply
If you have a medical condition that causes poor circulation such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, then the blood supply to your dental implant surgical sites may be not be sufficient enough to maintain the healthy bone and soft tissue that is essential for proper functioning dental implants.
If you have a health disorder that causes poor circulation, work with your physician to develop an effective treatment plan. Once your medical condition has been effectively treated and optimal blood supply and circulation have been reestablished, your dentist may feel confident enough to perform your implant procedure.
Things that may help improve blood supply and circulation are maintaining tight control over your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, getting regular exercise, and losing weight if you are obese. Obesity can contribute to renal disease, which is another risk factor for poor circulation.
If you take bisphosphonates to manage your osteoporosis, a degenerative disease of the bones that cause thinning and weakening, you may be at risk for a serious jaw disease known as osteonecrosis.
This disorder causes poor blood supply and destruction of your jaw bones. It also causes your jaw bone to become exposed. If you take bisphosphonates, tell your dentist prior to scheduling your dental implant procedure.
While osteonecrosis of the jaw is a rare side effect of osteoporosis medications, your dentist will monitor the health of your jaw bones before embarking on your procedure. If necessary, you may be referred to a maxillofacial surgeon for further evaluation and treatment. While discontinuing bisphosphonate treatment will help prevent further bone destruction, it may do little to resolve existing bone and blood vessel damage from existing osteonecrosis.
If you are considering getting dental implants and have circulation problems as a result of diabetes, renal disease, peripheral vascular disorders, cardiovascular disease, or otherwise, or if you take medications to manage your osteoporosis, visit your physician and dentist on a regular basis. Once these health care professionals have established that you are no longer at high risk for dental implant failure, your dentist will then schedule you for your consultation.