Medical contraindications to dental implants are very rare.
Implant surgery has the same contraindications as every bone surgery.

1. Health state

Relative contraindications

They include any medical condition manageable by a qualified and well-trained surgical team.

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Interatrial or interventricular communication
  • Blood thinners
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Anemia
  • Lupus
  • Respiratory failure
  • HIV 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Alcoholism
  • Smoking
  • Substance addiction
  • Cervico-facial irradiation
  • Chemotherapy, irradiation of head and neck
  • Behavioral, neurogenic, psychosocial, and psychiatric disorders (1)

Absolute contraindications

  • Severe heart disease
  • Valvular heart diseases (or cardiac valvulopathies)
  • Recent heart attack (6 months)
  • Severe blood disorders (Agranulocytosis)
  • Severe immune deficiency (AIDS)
  • Progressive cancer
  • Hemophilia
  • Transplant patients
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Paget’s disease
  • Bisphosphonate

2. Age

Implant surgery is possible after the end of puberty ( 16 years old for the girls and 17 years old for the boys).

There is no maximal age limit to implant surgery.

3. Psychology

  • Unavailability 
  • Irrational esthetic demands or requirements
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), also called obsessive-compulsive neurosis


1. Gupta R, Gupta N, Weber KK. Dental Implants.


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