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Dental implants are seen as a complete long term solution to oral health problems such as missing teeth and as such, are a favored (although slightly costly) option by many people. For the majority, having the best dental implants fitted shouldn’t be a problem and it really is a straight forward procedure which is carried out by trained personnel. However, for some there may well be a few underlying factors that prevent the person from receiving implants.  So what are they?

Uncontrollable Diabetes

Normally diabetes isn’t an issue with implants if it can be controlled. This is when a patient’s Hemoglobin AC1 levels are below that of 9%. However for diabetes sufferers with levels above 9% then implants or any type of oral surgery can become problematic. The issue is that those with high levels of diabetes are prone to infection. In addition to this the disease can also hinder bone recovery and growth, which the dental implant procedure relies on. Although it isn’t impossible for a patient with uncontrollable diabetes to receive problem free dental implants surgery, findings in the past have shown a significant increase in the failure of the implants.


Since numerous cancers require the treatment of chemotherapy, there are also a number of different chemotherapy drugs on the market. Some of these will have no effect on whether you are able to have dental implantation or not, however a minority of them can affect the implant itself along with the bone healing process. If you are on chemotherapy or have been in the past, it is always advisable to firstly speak with the dental implant clinic to get good advice.

Parathyroid disorders

In essence there are different types of parathyroid disorders but they can all affect the bones in one way or another and cause bone wastage or loss. Any form of bone loss in the jaw area can cause dental implants problems so again it is well worth speaking to the dental implant clinic to seek advice.

In the main standard procedures for dental implants are trouble free and the majority of people should go on to live a normal and active life. However if problems do arise with your implants or the surrounding jaw and gum area then it is important to contact your dental implants dentist as soon as you can. They will have the know how to diagnose the problem and come up with an effective solution.