Who is suitable for dental implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health. They can only be used once the jawbone has stopped growing and so generally are not appropriate for younger patients.
Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the risk of problems associated with implant treatment – some dentists may decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether. Other medical conditions may also affect whether dental implants can be provided – every case is different, so you will need to speak to your dentist.
How will you know if you are suitable for implants?
At your initial consultation the dentist will assess the feasibility of providing implant treatment. You will be asked some questions concerning your medical history and there will be a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth to discover the nature and extent of any current dental problems.
Establishing good basic dental health is a key stage in any treatment plan and is particularly important if you are considering dental implants. When you first enquire about dental implants it is often in response to an awareness of on-going dental problems or the recent loss of teeth. The cause of these problems will need to be understood and treated before undertaking implant treatment.