Dental Implants and Diabetes
When it comes to tooth loss treatment, dental implants are widely recognized as the most advanced and reliable solution. Dental implants replace missing teeth from the root to the crown, providing patients with a strong, durable, and attractive dental restoration.
Dental implants have a high rate of success, but there are some conditions that can interfere with the healing process and, ultimately, the success of treatment. One medical condition that has the potential to cause dental implant issues is diabetes. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. can help diabetic patients in Knoxville, TN, Maryville, TN, Oak Ridge, TN, and surrounding areas determine if they are suitable candidates for dental implant treatment.
How Can Diabetes Affect Dental Implants?
Your smile is just one of many aspects of your health that can be affected by diabetes. Diabetic patients are at greater risk of suffering from dental issues, such as tooth loss and gum disease. They may also have less bone density than non-diabetic patients, which can make it more difficult to support implants. Finally, diabetes can cause circulation issues that interfere with healing, which can make recovery from any surgical procedure risky.
All of these problems can make dental implant treatment far more complicated. Fortunately, if diabetes is under control, through diet, medication, or both, oral health risks are minimal.
Can Diabetics Undergo Dental Implant Treatment?
While diabetes is a condition that can compromise the success of dental implants, it doesn’t automatically exclude someone from undergoing treatment.
After implants are placed, they typically fuse with the jawbone over the next few months in a process called osseointegration. If someone is suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, healing is likely to be delayed. As a result, it may be far more difficult for dental implants to fuse with the jawbone, so patients may need to consider an alternate treatment method.
For individuals with controlled diabetes, however, dental implant treatment should be a viable option. A recent review of various studies observing the results of dental implant treatment in diabetic patients found that, when diabetes is well controlled, the dental implant survival rate in the first six years following treatment is no different for diabetics than it is for healthy individuals.
Promoting the Success of Dental Implant Treatment
If a diabetic patient is found to be a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment, there are some precautions they can take to further promote implant success. We advise these patients to:
- Continue to monitor blood sugar levels
- Follow a nutritious diet
- Take any prescribed medication as directed
- Carefully follow all post-treatment care instructions
- Practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing
- Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least twice yearly
Learn If Dental Implants Are Right For Your Needs
If you have suffered from adult tooth loss, dental implants can restore the health, strength, and beauty of your smile. To find out more about dental implant treatment, and whether it is right for you, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call (865) 693-7631 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr.