Dental implants are artificial teeth that are attached to the jaw in order to replace missing teeth. There are plenty of advantages when it comes to dental implants. They look natural and are easy to care for. Once they are in, they are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Many people prefer dental implants to dentures or bridges. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants. Here are three conditions that can make getting dental implants difficult. 

Nicotine Addiction

Being addicted to nicotine, especially in the form of cigarettes, can make it difficult to get dental implants. The main issue is that dental implants are more likely to fail in smokers. The reason for this is that smoking makes people more prone to infection and in smokers it takes more time for tissue to heal. The rate of failure for dental implants in smokers is 15.8 percent compared to just 1.4 percent of nonsmokers. Overcoming a nicotine addiction and giving up cigarettes can make a patient a much better candidate for dental implants.


Dental care during pregnancy can be tricky at times. While regular cleanings and good oral hygiene are very important during this time, major dental procedures can be discouraged depending on the health of the mother and the stage of pregnancy. Getting dental implants placed is a surgical procedure and one that involves x-rays and anesthesia. This can be harmful to the fetus, especially during the first and third trimesters. Most dentists will recommend having any extensive dental work done during the second trimester. For women who can wait, it may be best to wait until after childbirth to have dental implants put in place.   


Another condition that can have a big impact on whether or not someone is able to get dental implants is diabetes. People who suffer from diabetes are more prone to infection and often take longer to heal. While uncontrolled diabetes can make it difficult to get dental implants and can lead to a higher chance of implant failure, there are plenty of diabetes patients who are good candidates for dental implants. As long as the patient is in good health and is managing their diabetes, dental implants are usually successful. It's also important to note that since type 2 diabetes is more easily treated than type 1, type 2 patients often make better candidates for dental implants.

Dental implants are a great option for those who want natural looking and easy to care for replacement teeth. Dental implants do require minor surgery so not everyone is a good candidate. Smokers, pregnant women, and people with uncontrolled diabetes may find that their dentist is unwilling to perform the procedure or that the procedure has a higher chance of failing.