Do you have missing teeth? If so, you could be a candidate for dental implants. There are some conditions and diseases that will affect whether dental implants are right for you. Some of those are cancer, radiation to your jaw, perio disease, uncontrolled diabetes, smoking and alcoholism. It is crucial that you inform your dentist about all of your medical conditions (past and present) as well as all of the medications you are taking, whether prescribed, alternative (herbal) or over-the-counter.
There are several determining factors on where and how implants are placed. A detailed exam, study models of your mouth and bite, and a 3D scan (x-ray) known as computerized tomograms (CT scans) are all part of the planning process. Along with a computer imaging software that ensures your dental implants can be placed in exactly the right position in the bone.