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Are You a Candidate For Dental Implants in Richmond?

If you’re considering dental implants in Richmond, you may be wondering whether there are any restrictions. The answer is that on the whole, the majority of people are indeed eligible to receive dental implants and this is irrespective of age. There are however certain criteria which may make it difficult (although not impossible) to undergo implant surgery. Let’s take a look!


For those people with uncontrollable diabetes it may be very difficult for them to undertake the dental implant procedure as it can seriously slow down or affect altogether the process of osseointegration. This is the activity whereby the bone of the jaw fuses with the titanium rod of the implant which is secured into it. This gives the implant its strong foundation upon which to hold the prosthetic porcelain crown.

Heavy smoking and drinking

For those who consider themselves heavy smokers or drinkers then they may want to be aware that both alcohol and nicotine have been proven to dramatically slow down bone growth. Acting in the same way as diabetes does, they can often prevent the bone from regenerating.

Severe gum disease

If you have severe gum disease, this may well mean that the jaw bone is also left unhealthy.  However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t ever possible to fit a dental implant. In Richmond for example, a skilled dental clinician will be able to treat the gum disease and once this has been done, they’ll then look into assessing the eligibility of the bone. Even if the bone is weakened or damaged the bone graft can be carried out in order to make a secure platform on which to attach the implant.

Cancers and Radiation

Certain cancers and radiation are also known to weaken the bone structure, however even if this is the case, then similarly to the weakened bone structure in gum disease, the dentist may well be able to perform a bone graft, which may or may not be successful.

As you can see, there aren’t many reasons why you shouldn’t be eligible for a dental implant. In Richmond, most clinics will give you a thorough oral examination and ask you questions regarding previous illnesses and lifestyle, prior to going ahead. So even if you think you may have issues, it may be a temporary barrier that can easily be tackled and indeed overcome.

At Sheen Dental we give all of our patients a thorough examination using state of the art 3D X-ray, and CT scanning equipment to ascertain eligibility. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re eligible for a dental implant then contact us on 020 8876 5277 for a consultation. Alternatively why not visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk you’ll be glad that you did!








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