I am a Diabetic, can I get Dental Implants? This question is common among those who have diabetes. So far, dental implants are the best solution to replacing missing teeth. They help to enhance one’s smile and to provide you with the right chewing capacity.
In the past years, diabetes has been considered a possible risk factor for the placement of dental implants. It is because the placement of implants requires minor surgery. Many studies have been carried out around this area, and the results indicate that diabetics can be good candidates for dental implants.
The concerns of many were:
a. Impairment of the healing process due to big fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
b. Diabetes also alters bone formation and often suffer periodontal / gum disease. This may be the reason why you want to have teeth replacement
c. Wound are more infection prone in people with diabetes than in non-diabetics
d. High glucose levels also damage capillaries resulting in their narrowing and stiffening thus reducing blood flow to other parts of the body.
The good news is that, yes, as a person with diabetes you can have dental implant placement procedures. It is possible though your healing process may take longer than that of a non-diabetic.
Throughout my many years of practice in the field of dental implant surgery, I have come across a vast number of diabetic patients that were in need of teeth replacement. For a successful operation:
1. You need to have controlled blood sugar levels
I will be able to tell how well your body can control blood sugar by measuring the blood sugar fasting readings.
2. Follow a strict aseptic technique
People with diabetes are prone to infections; it is, therefore, prudent for extra care to be taken when undergoing the procedure. Your implant dentist needs to adopt a strict sterile technique when placing implants or even during bone grafting.
When caution and hygiene are ensured, the chances of your patient getting infections is reduced. You may be given antibiotics in the IV or orally for a seven to ten days, and sometimes even longer.
3. Use of additional Special Techniques
As people with diabetes are known to heal more slowly than non-diabetics, it is possible to improve their healing rates. Special techniques may be adopted such as using your blood to make a particular concentration of growth factors.
These factors aid in your healing process to lessen the time taken to heal after a dental implant surgery altogether.
As a person with diabetes in need of teeth replacement, all hope is not lost for it is possible to undergo dental implant surgery. Most importantly, the chances for a successful surgery increase if you follow the outlined pointers.
All you have to do is make an informed decision. Keep all health professionals that are involved in your care, updated with any plans that you would like to make, for advice and recommendations.
Bear in mind that, the more complicated the procedure, e.g. full dental implants, the higher the risk of complications.
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