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Who is suitable for a dental implant?

If you have one or several missing teeth, you may be a good candidate to have one or more dental implants. You should always consult with your dentist, who will be guided by the following indicators in deciding whether or not a dental implant is the appropriate treatment for you:


Good candidates

  • Good health

  • Healthy gums

  • Enough bone to anchor the dental implant in the jaw (see bone grafting)

  • Commitment to daily brush and floss the implanted teeth and surrounding gums

  • Commitment to make regular visits to the dentist


Problematic candidates

  • Young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed 

  • Pregnant women

  • Heavy smokers – smoking retards healing and reduces the chance of implant success

  • Alcohol or substance abusers

  • Patients receiving high-dose irradiation of their head or neck

  • People with chronic diseases or systemic problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, connective-tissue diseases, hemophilia and significant immune deficiencies.

  • Patients taking steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system

  • People who severely grind or clench their teeth


Remember that with dental implants, age is not a factor.


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