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Are there limitations to who can have dental implants?

January 18, 2017

 

Placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure. Similar to other surgical procedures, patients have to be in good general heath to go through surgery. Uncontrolled diabetes and systemic conditions compromising the individual’s immune system or interfering with normal healing are two main contraindications for dental implants. In addition, because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, the bone has to be sufficient in quantity to provide support for the implant. Last, but not least, smoking is a relative contraindication for dental implants, as the rate of implant failure is about 10 per cent higher in smokers than non-smokers.