Implant placement can take place from age 18 when growth has stopped. A simple Xray can confirm that growth has stopped.

General contra-indications

There are very few general contra-indications against placing implants. For example osteoporosis, well controlled diabetes are not contra-indications to the placement of implants as long as a number of precautions are taken, such as good asepsis. However taking anticoagulants or antimyototics may prevent at least temporarily the implant placement.

It is also not advised to intervene in patients that suffer with systemic illnesses (pulmonary, renal etc) during acute phases. Therapy with bisphosphonate drugs can be a contra-indication for all dental treatment.

NOTE: it is important to inform your practitioner of all illnesses (even those that seem unimportant) that you suffer from and to tell them what medications you are regularly taking.

Local contra-indications

The local contra-indications to the placing of implants are often linked to a lack of bony volume. In this case it is often possible to have recourse to bony grafts. Other contra-indications do exist to the placing of implants. The presence of paradental disease, (inflammation of the bone and the gums) in an active phase must postpone the surgery.

A lack of space between the jaws can also represent an obstacle to the placing of implants. Patients that grind their teeth (Bruxomaniacs) can also present contra-indications to implanting treatments.

It is only after a clinical assessment, so on jaw assessment and radiological assessment that a definite answer can be attained.