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Are Dental Implants Suitable For Me?

30/08/2021

A recent study has shown that 74% of the adult population in the UK have had a tooth extracted, that’s a lot of people with missing teeth! If you fall into this category, you may be looking for a solution to replace your missing tooth.

Dental implants may not be suitable for everyone, so it’s important to know the facts on who would be a good candidate and what factors may make dental implant treatments more difficult.

Dental Implants Are Suitable For Most People

Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing one or many missing teeth. Unlike other more temporary fixes, dental implants can last your whole lifetime if you take care of them. An ideal candidate for dental implants will have healthy gums and have reached an age where their jawbone is no longer growing.

Ideally, you need to have enough bone remaining to support the anchors however in some cases new bone can be grafted during the implantation process.

Assessment

In order for your clinician to evaluate your suitability, an extensive evaluation of your jaw, teeth, mouth and overall health is required. An x-ray of your mouth will be performed to identify any bone loss and locate nerve locations to carefully plan your treatment. Your overall health and previous medical history can plan a large role in how the implants will fuse to your jaw and how well the implant site heals, so it is important these assessments are carried out.

Risk Factors

Patients with the following issues may not be suitable:

  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Uncontrolled gum disease
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Users of steroid drugs
  • Patients with suppressed immune systems
  • Patients who severely grind their teeth

People with the above issues can still have dental implants in some cases, but it is a case-by-case basis and needs a thorough assessment by your dentist and doctor to help maintain and improve your overall health.

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