Am I suitable for dental implants?
- Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general and oral health.
- Implants are restricted generally to those over the age of 18 because they can only be used once the jawbone has stopped growing. However, there is no upper age limit on those suitable for implant treatment.
- A healthy mouth is essential to allow the successful placement of dental implants. This means that any gum disease, dental caries or other issues must be addressed before an implant can be placed.
- Heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with implant healing and thereafter may negatively impact the long-term health of the gum and bone surrounding each implant. Some dentists will decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether.
- Some systemic health conditions may impact the suitability of an individual to have dental implants, but it is rare that a dental implant cannot be placed for general health reasons.
- If you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth this can potentially overload the implants. For most people this occurs during sleep, which is why you may not be not aware of it. Your Smilemakers' dentist will identify signs of these habits during your assessment and will take this into account in the treatment planning. This should not prevent you being able to have dental implants however.
- Do you have enough bone for dental implants?
The successful placement of a dental implant depends greatly on the presence of sufficient quality and quantity of bone. This was traditionally assessed by a combination of clinical examination and x-rays. Advancements in technology now mean that 3-dimensional scanning can be used to greatly enhance the accuracy of these measurements.
If you are lacking in bone, it can be possible to increase the amount of bone available through bone grafting , therefore still enabling you to have dental implants.