Does diabetes impact on fitting dental implants? A brief guide from Harley Street Dental

There are many advantages to having a missing tooth or teeth replaced by an oral implant.

They are more secure, sturdier and can be crafted to seamlessly blend in with the other teeth in your mouth. And of course, they have a longer lifespan than many other prosthetics!


And while any dental team, including ours, will aim to get you fitted with the right type of oral implant to ensure that your needs are met, there are some situations in which this is not possible. As you may be aware, if you have conditions like gingivitis or are deemed to have too little bone left for implants, you may not be able to have implants fitted.

But did you know that there are many other health conditions that may also disqualify you from this procedure?

At Harley Street Dental, our team will always aim to make sure that you receive the cosmetic treatment that is best suited to you, including the fitting of dental implants in Harley Street. If you are not suited due to an underlying health condition, our team will make sure that your gaps are concealed with another suitable cosmetic option that offers equally striking results. Perfect!

So, what are some of the conditions that can prevent you having dental implants in Harley Street?

Blood clotting disorders

Once an injury forms, a blood clot is created to stem the bleed.

However, if you have an overactive blood clotting disorder like thrombophilia, this can create a real risk when it comes to having dental implants in Harley Street.

Unfortunately, anti-coagulants used to treat these disorders also create an issue with this procedure, as they may cause you to bleed excessively, leading to anaemia.

If you have any concerns about a blood-clotting disorder and implants, talk to our team and your doctor for advice.

Auto-immune disorders

If you have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder like ankylosing spondylitis or lupus, then it is unlikely that any oral implants will last.

Due to the overactive nature of the immune system in these disorders, any foreign object is likely to be attacked and rejected. While immunosuppressants can minimise this, if you are taking steroids to manage inflammation associated with these disorders, your bone density may be too low to support implants.

Unmanaged diabetes

People who have diabetes run a higher risk of implant rejection in general, but that should not prevent those who have controlled diabetes from accessing this treatment.

However, if your diabetes is uncontrolled, then you are at a higher risk of periodontal disease and will be deemed unsuited for implants. If you have any concerns about your diabetes management, talk to your doctor before attending a consultation for oral implants.


If you have recovered from cancer, firstly congratulations! Plus, you can have oral implants fitted. However, if you have been recently diagnosed with cancer, treatments like radiotherapy can cause issues with bone density. Therefore, it is not advisable to have oral implants fitted during traditional cancer treatments.