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Aug
21

Are You Still a Candidate for a Dental Implant if You Have Diabetes?

Posted in Dental Implants

For years, diabetic patients were told that they didn’t qualify for dental implants.

High sugar levels associated with diabetes slow down healing. Diabetics are also known to have weakened immune systems that leave them prone to infections.

Diabetics are susceptible to gum disease which can destroy the gum and bone around a tooth or implant.

So it doesn’t sound like diabetes mixes with the surgical placement of an implant and the lengthy healing period afterwards.

But a recent study has lead to a change in attitude in the dental profession concerning diabetes and dental implants.

There is still more risk of implant failure for a person with diabetes than for one who doesn’t have diabetes. Yet, that risk of failure is not as high as we once believed.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. It’s a long-term study compared to earlier ones, which indicated that implants were apt to fail in people with diabetes. By studying cases for a longer amount of time, researchers noted that diabetics really weren’t any more likely to have failed implants. They just needed more time to heal.

So despite the fact that diabetes does alter bone healing and infection rates, people with this disease can still qualify for a dental implant.

If you are interested in dental implant therapy and have diabetes, then you’d do well to make sure you’re prepared. Keep your mouth healthy and your implant will be more likely to succeed.

  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Eat a nutritious and balanced diet
  • Reduce stress
  • Keep your diabetes under control

Ask your dentist for more tips in qualifying for dental implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41
st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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