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Can I Have a Dental Implant?

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Dental Implant solutions can replace missing teeth with predictability, prognosis and a highly aesthetic result. Dental implants are becoming far more popular across the UK. Most people will be suitable for this treatment, but it isn’t right for everyone.


Having a Check-Up to Assess Your Suitability

You will need to have a full check-up at one of our SDC Group clinics (Inverness, Oban or Dumfries; or even at our sister clinic in Glasgow) to assess your suitability, and this is a great chance to ask any questions you might have about dental implants. In addition, we can provide you with some dental implant information by email at any time before this appointment. A check-up is essential as you do need to be in good oral health, and any existing dental problems will need treated as part of a comprehensive dental plan. You also need to be in good general health, as people with systemic diseases (diseases that affect the whole body), may not be suitable for dental implants.

A prime example would be uncontrolled diabetes, and the reason for this is that it could make it difficult for the gums to heal, increasing the risk of implant failure. Diabetes causes the blood vessels to become narrower, making it more difficult for the body to send vital nutrients to the gums to aid healing after implant surgery. Anyone who has well-controlled diabetes, and who has been able to keep it under control for some time should be suitable for implant surgery.

Smoking is another risk factor than can increase the chance of implant failure. Smoking affects both oral and general health and smoking cessation is something that all health care professionals can assist with. If you smoke, it is advisable to give up prior to having a dental implants treatment plan undertaken in order to ensure the best possible result from treatment as well as maintaining general health.


Do You Have Sufficient Bone?

Dental implants need to be surrounded by a certain amount of healthy bone in which they integrate. The volume of bone can be assessed in many ways, including visually, by x-ray or using Cone Beam CT scanning technology. Bone assessment together with the assessment of the position of important structures close to any proposed implant area is an essential part of implant planning.

Following the loss of a tooth, the remaining bone volume in the area is likely to decrease and as such, it is advisable to seek opinion from a dental professional as early as possible should you wish to consider dental implant treatment.

For patients who are short of bone, small bone grafts can be placed either prior to or during implant surgery. This allows the volume of bone in any area to be restored /improved allowing an implant to be placed. There are many different types of bone graft material available and the variations and benefits of each type can be detailed for you by your