Why Does Your Patient History Matter Before Dental Implant Surgery?

Posted - June 23, 2022
Patient Medical History

Dental implant surgery is something that most patients we meet qualify for. However, as medical professionals, reviewing your patient history before giving the green light for dental implant placement is essential.

Your patient history matters because it paints a picture of potential issues that could lead to infection, implant failure, or other complications.

Does Your Patient History Matter Beyond Your Jaw Bone?

While most patients know that a strong jaw bone is essential for our All-On-4 dental implants and other services, this isn’t where patient qualification ends. Several long-term and short-term medical conditions can directly contradict our ability to successfully place your dental implants.

Do You Have Contradictions for Dental Implant Surgery?

Getting dental implants is an exciting investment for any patient. However, contradicting health conditions can hold up or completely halt your dental implant journey.

Here’s a closer look at some of the central contradictions we look out for during our patient history review process and why each could be detrimental to your dental implant surgery.

Recent Heart Attack

Heart attacks are serious issues for any patient. Yet, a recent incident could leave you out of the running for dental implant surgery. After an incident, it takes 6 months and a year for the body to build its strength and undergo further procedures.

The period directly following a heart attack leaves patients vulnerable to stress. Dental implant surgery could put unnecessary stress on the body and lead to further heart complications for the patient.

Prosthetic Valve Replacement

Aside from a heart attack, patients who have recently undergone surgical repair of cardiac defects also face contradictions regarding dental implant surgery. Within the first few months of placement, materials that form prosthetic valves are prone to microbial infection. 

Performing dental implant surgery directly after prosthetic valve replacement could result in intraoperative contamination that puts the patient’s life at risk.

Fortunately, the window for this risk is brief; by six months, most patients are clear for dental implant surgery.

Bleeding Disorders

If a patient suffers from blood conditions that reduce platelet counts or prevent proper hemostasis, they may be unable to go through with dental implant surgery. These patients risk over bleeding during a procedure and could experience postoperative complications while healing.

Neurological Disorders

If a potential patient cannot logically comprehend our placement approach, it’s likely that they are not a viable candidate for our same-day dental implant procedure.

Some conditions that can disqualify a patient from our treatment are:

  • Presenile dementia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cerebral lesions
  • Drug and alcohol addiction

Review Your Patient History Today, With FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center

If you have questions about your ability to qualify for dental implants, our specialists are here to help. We’ve created a simple survey that serves as a great starting point. However, speaking with one of our prosthodontists in a one-on-one consultation will let you know if you completely qualify for surgery.

Contact us today to learn more about dental implants or schedule your free consultation.