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How To Know If You’re A Suitable Candidate For Dental Implants

The more you research dental implants the more you’ll come to realise that they are considered the crème de la crème of tooth replacement. Not only do they look incredibly lifelike and offer uncompromised functionality, but they even feel like your own natural teeth. What’s more they’re one of the longest lasting and successful methods of tooth replacement. So by now you’re probably wondering how to know if you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implants Richmond

If you’re considering a dental implant in Richmond, then here at Sheen Dental we’ll answer this question by saying that the easiest way for you to find out is to come for a free dental implant consultation and we’ll be able to tell you right away. In essence most people are eligible for dental implants but there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration, such as anatomical problems and systemic diseases which is why we delve fully into your medical history and background before considering any form of treatment.

In case you’re worried, then we can put your mind at rest by saying that age isn’t a determining factor, neither does the fact that you may be taking regular medication rule out the chances of you having a dental implant. In fact there are only a few circumstances which could deny you the chance of having implants.

When a dental implant just isn’t right

If you have a medical condition which could mean that even minor surgery is risky then you should definitely not have a dental implant. For example this could mean having recently suffered a heart attack or having major problems with your heart valves. Also if you’re actively having treatment for cancer or receiving immunosuppressive therapy for an organ transplant, then you should wait until any treatment has finished.

In addition there are certain conditions which may need to be cleared up before dental implants can be placed. For a dental implant procedure to stand the best chance of success, then an implant needs to be placed into a healthy mouth which is free from gum disease. Smokers or those who abuse alcohol or drugs are also more prone to dental implant failure. Finally, children whose jawbones are still developing are not suitable for the dental implant procedure.

When a dental implant can be considered

For most other medical conditions, then the good news is that we’ll assess each patient on a case-by-case basis. Due to improved dental technology, instances where a person may have been declined because they didn’t have sufficient bone density are on the decline, since we can now offer bone grafts which effectively deal with this situation and don’t cause any reason for concern. Conversely, diabetes doesn’t necessarily rule you out provided it is well controlled.

Here at Sheen Dental we understand only too well what difference dental implants can make to a person’s life. Not only can they smile with confidence, but it’s easier to eat a more varied diet which can benefit their health. They can also make a person look years younger. So if you want to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants in Richmond then just pick up the phone and give us a call to book a free dental implant consultation or visit our website at for more information.


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