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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Dental Implants: When You May Not Be the Ideal Candidate, and What You Can Do

by Clifton Davidson

If you're considering undergoing a dental implant procedure, you know just how important a full, healthy smile is. Below are three things that may not make you the right candidate for an implant procedure, in which case you can talk with your dentist about other options available to you.

Inadequate Bone Support

A dental implant is a specially-designed titanium device that is screwed into the jawbone—this device allows for the placement of a crown that will fill the space where your tooth used to be.

Osseointegration is the process that fuses the implant to the jawbone. This process occurs over several months and requires a strong bone structure. If this process doesn't take place, the chances of the implant's success significantly decrease, as the implant will have nothing to anchor itself to, and the bone will continue to degrade. If you're worried about inadequate bone support, speak with your dentist—they may be able to perform a bone graft which will then give the implant enough bone to work with.

Diseased Gums

As mentioned above, the implant will undergo a process called osseointegration where it will eventually fuse with the bone. This process is vital to the success of a dental implant.

In order for the process to occur, the implant needs to remain in place, and this is where diseased gums can cause issue. Healthy gums are needed to support the structure of the implant while it undergoes the process of osseointegration. Improper support at the gum line can damage the bone beneath, as well as prevent the process from occurring. If the disease of the gums can be easily treated, your dentist may still consider you a candidate for implants, so it's important to speak with them about treatment and deal with the disease immediately.

Poor Dental Care Routine

Even if your dental health is good overall, a poor dental care routine will eventually come back to bite you. If you aren't caring for your teeth and gums now, there's no guarantee you'll do so after the implant.

A poor dental care routine can automatically disqualify you as a candidate for an implant. Implants need extensive upkeep after placement, which includes special brushing and flossing techniques to ensure the surrounding teeth and gums remain healthy. If you're serious about receiving an implant, it's important that you first get a solid dental care routine down. This will show your dentist—and yourself—that you're ready for the responsibility of caring for an implant.

If you're dealing with any of the above mentioned issues, don't fret. Speak with your dentist (or Periodontal Specialists) to learn more about becoming a quality candidate, or to find options that would be better suited to your situation.