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One of the most commonly asked questions regarding dental implants is whether anyone can have them. Generally speaking, any adult who has lost a tooth or teeth could be a good candidate for dental implants, but whether or not dental implants are a suitable option for them depends on a number of factors.

Dental implants in Leeds are not for everyone and that is why patients are encouraged to visit an experienced dentist, such as those at Enhancedental, for an initial consultation. A thorough oral examination will need to be carried out as well as x-rays to check for suitability. Some patients may not be eligible for dental implants at all; however, each case should be considered on an individual basis.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium posts, that are surgically embedded into the jawbone, replacing the roots of missing teeth. Once in place, dental implants fuse with the jawbone and create a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.

Can anyone have dental implants in Leeds?

Unfortunately, just having missing teeth does not automatically qualify someone to have dental implants in Leeds. Some of the criteria that dentists need to take into consideration when examining a patient for dental implants include the state of their oral and general health and the quantity and quality of the jawbone.

There are several medical risk factors for providing dental implants. The most common of these are smoking and diabetes. This does not mean that smokers or patients with diabetes cannot have dental implants, but the risks of failure are higher and patients need to have this pointed out. Smokers need to quit and diabetic patients can still have dental implants if their condition is controlled.

More importantly, without the right amount of bone in the jawbone, it is difficult to place implants. The dentist will determine the availability of bone in advance with the help of x-rays or a CT-scan. In cases where sufficient bone is not available, a range of alternative implant procedures such as All-on-4 or grafting techniques can be used.