Frequently Asked Questions - Dental Implant
- What is a dental implant?
- Am I suitable for an implant?
- How much do implants cost?
- Can I get help with paying for implants?
- What are the success rates for implants?
- What are the risks of implants?
Am I suitable for an implant?
Yes, as long as you have a healthy mouth. Your dentist will assess the state of your teeth and gums to make sure that you are suitable for this treatment.
If you have noticed any bleeding from your gums, bad breath or abscesses then he or she will treat this before considering you for implants. Another factor is bone loss. If your jawbone has thinned or has lost some volume, then it will necessary to replace that loss before inserting an implant.
Your lifestyle, state of health and reasons for treatment will all be taken into account during the consultation. A good candidate for treatment is one who is healthy, is prepared to look after their teeth and visit the dentist for regular check ups.
What might rule me out for an implant?
If you are pregnant, a heavy smoker and/or drinker; suffering from a chronic illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure, prone to grinding your teeth or undergoing chemotherapy then you will not be considered for this treatment.
If you are under 19 or your jawbone is not fully grown then implants are not advisable.
If your dentist feels that you are not suitable for implants then he/she will be able to recommend an alternative.
Note: age is not an issue but your health is.