Not sure if you can have oral implants? Common exclusion criteria for dental implants

Since they have become more commonplace across dental surgeries, oral implants have helped thousands of people feel more confident about their

Not only that, but as they are affixed to the jaw they have also enabled many people to restore the strength to their bite and their chewing, thus creating a whole barrage of secondary health benefits.

And while they are slowly overtaking dentures and bridges as the main form of restorative dental care for missing teeth, there are a few restrictions that can make someone unsuitable for oral implants.

At High Dental Implants in Melbourne, we have over 10 years of fitting oral implants and can help you to restore your smile using this method. When you come to us for a consultation, we will conduct an entire health-check to ensure that you are suitable for oral implants and to check that they will last a long time. Perfect!

But what are some of the conditions or medical issues that can make you unsuitable for dental implants in Melbourne?


More common in older women, osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disorder that can impact any part of the body.

If you have osteoporosis, then this can create complications in relation to dental implants in Melbourne as you need to have a strong, stable bone in your jaw in order to be a good fit for the traditional implant. However, depending on how well controlled this condition is, we may be able to fit you with a different type of implant than endosteal.


Diabetes doesn’t mean an immediate exclusion from oral implants, but if you have poorly controlled diabetes, this puts you at a higher risk of losing your implants due to the increased risk of gum disease.

Much like osteoporosis, it also depends on how severe your diabetes is and, while we can offer you oral implants, you will need to seek advice from your doctor before we can safely proceed.

Auto-immune disorders

When it comes to auto-immune disorders, it is not the condition itself that can create issues with oral implants, but it is the medication.

In order to heal from having the implants fitted, you need to have an immune system that is not suppressed, which is the main purpose of all auto-immune medications. Again, we can give you oral implants if you are taking immunosuppressants, but you will need to talk to your doctor for guidance.


The medications used to treat auto-immune disorders and cancer are similar, so this is one reason why this may exclude you from the procedure.

Also, if you have been diagnosed with either bone or oral cancer, it needs to be in remission before we proceed with any kind of surgical or restorative cosmetic dental treatments.

Gum disease

Periodontal disease can cause inflammation which prompts real teeth and oral implants to fall out.

Therefore, if you have gum disease or have a family history of such disorders, they will need to be under control or treated before we fit oral implants.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.