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When is an implant not a suitable treatment?

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Implant therapy may not be possible if the jaw bone is not sufficiently thick to accommodate implants and bone grafting is not possible. Also, implants are not suitable for patients with untreated periodontitis or uncontrolled diabetes, because of the risk of failure through infection or poor healing. Other medical conditions that rule out the use of implants include blood clotting disorders? certain bone diseases, deficiencies in the immune system, severe systemic illnesses and drug abuse. Smoking is also an important consideration, because smokers heal less efficiently than non­smokers and are more likely to experience loosening of their implants. Quitting smoking will significantly increase your chances of successful implant therapy.

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