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Is Everyone Suitable for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the perfect way to replace a missing tooth. They are practical, undetectable and hassle-free.

However, not everyone will be eligible for the procedure. The following are some of the qualities that we look for.

As always, it is important to note that these are not prescriptive, and it is always worth a consultation with us in person to determine whether dental implants are right for you.

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Who should not have dental implants?

One of the main features we will look for in a candidate is healthy teeth and gums.

This is because the implant relies partially on the gums to be held in place. This requirement also expands into one’s general health.

For example, we are more likely to operate on non-smokers, do not suffer from an autoimmune disorder, and do not have uncontrolled diabetes.

Another important factor when discussing implants is to assess the patient’s bone density.

We will typically perform CT scans well as a comprehensive overview of your medical history to determine this, as the strength of the jaw proves crucial to the success of the implant later on.

However, a bone graft will usually correct for those with insufficient bone density.

The perfect solution for missing teeth

If you are missing more than one tooth, or are unhappy with dentures, then there are still implant options available.

At the Gentle Dental, we offer All-On-4 implants; this involves placing four dental implants on the upper or lower jaw.

We then attach prosthetic teeth to this point, allowing multiple teeth to be replaced whilst retaining the benefits of standard implants.

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The ideal patient

When it comes to the appropriate age for dental implants, there is no upper limit. There is a lower limit, however, as we do not offer implants to those who are jaws have not fully developed.

This usually takes until the late teenage years and sometimes is not complete until early adulthood.

As always, every mouth is different, and we will always carry out an X-ray on younger patients to determine the development of their jaw. In terms of age, the majority of our dental implant candidates tend to be over 65.

According to the Dental Association, roughly half of people over 65 suffer from at least one missing tooth. This makes dental implants a very popular route for those who are older. Those in their 80s and 90s are no less eligible than someone much younger.

The main difference between our older and younger patients is actually the cause of tooth loss.

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Implant failure can happen to unsuitable patients

Far more important than age is a patient’s medical history and lifestyle habits.

Smoking, for example, can drastically impede the healing process, as does drinking alcohol and the taking of certain medications.

Some conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and gum disease can also have the same effect.

However, it is important not to be discouraged if you fall into one or more of these categories, as none necessarily disqualifies someone from having dental implants.

For more information on whether implants are right for you, click here, or arrange a consultation with us.

Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
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Single Implants

Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma. More.

Multiple Implants

Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row. More.

All-on-Four

Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws. More.

Zygomatic

When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.
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