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Suitability for dental implants

Dental implants are a way of replacing missing teeth. Most adults can have dental implants, but there are a few exceptions. Every case is different, and your dentist will discuss in detail the solutions that’ll work for you during your initial consultation.

Certain lifestyle habits, medical conditions and treatments can affect how an implant heals and also impact the gum and bone surrounding your implants.

If you aren’t a suitable candidate for dental implants, your dentist can talk you through alternative options for missing teeth, which might include bridges or dentures. 

Your dentist may not recommend dental implants if you:

  • Have had radiotherapy in or around your jaw
  • Have diabetes that isn’t well controlled
  • Smoke (this includes e-cigarettes) or chew tobacco
  • Drink heavily
  • Take recreational drugs
  • Have active gum disease 

You won’t be able to have dental implants if you’re under 18, as the jawbone is still growing.

Each case is different, so if you’re interested in implant treatment, you should book a consultation with your dentist even if you have one of the lifestyle habits or conditions that may make you unsuitable. Your dentist will be able to talk you through all your options.

Take the first step to implant treatment

If you’re considering dental implants, find your nearest practice offering implants. Bupa Dental Care currently has over 275* practices across the UK offering dental implants.

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