Who can have implants?
When we consider you for implants, we have to consider your general health. Certain conditions and habits, such as heavy drinking and smoking, can impact the bone and also affect your healing post-treatment.
If you have good general health then dental implants will almost certainly work for you.
How will I know if I can have implants?
At The Gallery Dental and Implant Centre, we understand that you may like to learn more before committing and therefore we offer a free consultation to discuss any questions you may have and gather information on your general and oral health. We can get a good idea whether implants are an option that you can consider.
If you wish to go ahead with dental implants, it will be necessary to take a detailed medical history and there will be a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth to discover if there are any other dental problems. We would need to take x-rays of your remaining teeth.
We may recommend having a CT scan which identifies any bone loss and this procedure is carried out conveniently at the practice.
You may have been told in the past by other dentists that due to bone loss you are unable to have an implant. It is worth getting a second opinion with Dr Balaji as he is trained in bone
grafting which keeps the implant secure.
Will I need treatment before I can have implants?
During the consultation, you will be advised if you need any prior surgery to support a dental implant. If so, you may have to undergo bone-grafting treatment which ensures there is sufficient bone to support a long-lasting implant.
Bone-grafting is where the surgeon will make an incision in your gum, and using a special bone grafting material they will shape the adopted bone to fit the area. Once secure, the surgeon will close the incision with stitches and bandage the wound. Once the bone-grafting is complete and healed the rest of the implant surgery can proceed.
Find out more about bone grafting here.