Almost anyone can now be treated with implants, but it is better if you are in good general health and that your oral health is stable. We understand this may not always be the situation and we see many patients who are under treatment for different medical conditions, have insufficient amount of bone or have gum disease that can be successfully treated with implants.
Is there an age restriction?
There is no upper age restriction. In fact our eldest patient to undergo implant treatment to date was of the splendid age of 92! It is all about wanting to live a life in which you are able to eat comfortably and well and to enjoy good nutrition … living life to its fullest. We don’t usually place implants in people under 18 as development of the skull is not complete until at least this age. We have other solutions for young people who have lost a tooth, so please do come and talk to us.
Is bone important?
Ideally implants require full bone height, however if you have lost bone due to gum disease, trauma or following a tooth extraction it is still possible to have implants. Bone reconstruction is a predictable procedure in our hands and therefore this is an option. Each patient will be advised on which procedures will be best for them.
Other areas to consider
Other factors that are considered when deciding whether implants are the right choice for you include your overall health and your commitment to good dental hygiene habits and regular checkups. Most cases will need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you smoke or have health conditions like heart disease or diabetes or take medication for osteoporosis, you may not be a good candidate for implants, but we will discuss your options with you to decide what will work best for your situation.