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When Might Implants Not Be A Good Fit

There is no doubting that dental implants are the most technologically advanced form of tooth replacement and have revolutionised the dental industry over the last forty years or so. They’re considered the ‘gold standard’ of tooth replacement and as a result, the popularity of dental implants in Richmond and indeed elsewhere in the country has increased dramatically. In fact on average over 10,000 are placed per year in the UK alone.


Whilst the majority of people can receive dental implants without any problems (and certainly age is no barrier) there are a few instances when undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Richmond might not be the best option. So what are they?


Heart problems

If you’ve experienced or are experiencing heart problems then this could pose a risk to surgery. Serious heart disease, heart valve issues or a recent heart attack may all pose complications when undergoing the dental implant procedure. For this reason your dental implant dentist might decide that implants wouldn’t be a good fit for you.


Certain bone diseases

Bone fusion is vital to the success of dental implants and in healthy patients usually occurs somewhere between 6-12 weeks. However bone conditions such as osteoporosis cause bone degeneration and therefore would inhibit the ability for the bone tissue to regenerate and merge with the titanium implant.


Certain cancers

If you’re recovering from cancer of the face, head or neck and have undergone radiotherapy, then this may also have an effect on the ability to grow bone successfully. For this reason, in those who have suffered tooth loss it may be better to choose other (non-surgical) forms of tooth replacement.


Uncontrollable diabetes

Being diabetic shouldn’t stop you from undergoing the dental implant process on the proviso that it’s kept under control. Low blood sugar levels can have the ability to slow down the rate of bone regeneration, but if the dentist is aware of this, then it can be built into your personalised treatment plan. The problem comes however when the diabetes isn’t able to be controlled. In these cases, bone growth can be at best sporadic, and at worst it might not even regenerate at all, and as a result may be too much of a risk for a dental implant surgeon to take. That said, each case will be taken on it’s own merits and not pre-judged.


If you want to find out more about whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Richmond, then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll answer all your questions and concerns and can tell you whether you’re eligible or not.

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