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Who Isn’t Suitable For Dental Implants?

06/05/2022

Dental implants are quickly becoming the go-to treatment for missing teeth as they are durable and long-lasting, however, some patients may not be suitable candidates. Most patients who are fit and healthy can have dental implants as they can easily heal from the surgery, however, we would recommend an alternative treatment plan to patients with the following underlying health conditions.

Gum Disease

If you have active gum disease then you are not a suitable candidate for dental implants. Patients with gum disease can’t have dental implants because gum disease weakens and erodes the tissue and bone in your jaw which secures the implant. Even when the gum disease has been treated, your tissue and bone may be too weak to support an implant.

Diabetes

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you are likely not a suitable candidate for dental implants, especially if your diabetes is not well controlled. Patients with diabetes take longer to heal and are more prone to infection compared to patients without diabetes. If you would like to discuss getting dental implants if you have diabetes, book a free consultation to see how we can help.

Smoking

If you are, or have been, a heavy smoker then you may not be suitable for dental implants. Your teeth and gums may not be strong enough to support dental implants, and if you are still actively smoking then you will be causing further damage to your gums as well as the implant. Your dentist will decide whether or not they will treat you if you are a smoker, however, smoking is terrible for your oral health and you should aim to quit regardless. Want to find out more? Read more about our dental implant treatments.

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