Don’t Let Diabetes Stop Your Implant Treatment

Our Greensboro, NC area patients know that diabetes may not have as large an effect on their dental implant treatment as previously thought. For a long time now, patients with missing teeth, who also happen to suffer from diabetes, have been advised against pursuing treatment with dental implants. The reason for this is that it has long been thought that the condition may have an effect on the recovery period of the dental implant process, which can result in the treatment failing. However, a recent study has shown that this may not exactly be the case and attitudes are changing in regards to diabetic patients receiving dental implants as a result. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging from Greensboro, NC to talk about how diabetes may affect the dental implant process and about the study showing how it doesn’t.

Diabetes and Dental Implants in Greensboro

What makes dental implants unique among teeth restoration treatments is the fact that they are fused to your jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, dental implants are integrated into your oral structure and accepted by your body as being no different than any natural tooth. This process is incredibly important because the implant fixture, which is one of the three pieces of a dental implant and the piece that is osseointegrated, will support the entire weight of your replacement tooth. This piece will also bare the force that comes with the everyday use of your dental crown.

Sometimes, it is possible for this process to be undermined by a habit or medical condition that the patient already has. This interference can end up resulting in the implant failing. For example, smoking has long been a habit that has proven to be a barrier to the treatment. This is because smoking can result in peri-implantitis, as well as lower your body’s ability to heal itself, both of which can prevent your implant fixture from osseointegrating with your oral anatomy. While we have had plenty of success providing our patients who smoke with dental implants, the fact is that the chances of failure are much higher for these patients.

However, a recent study has shown that this belief that diabetes can prevent osseointegration from succeeding may not be all that true. This study (Debey, Gupta, and Singh [2013]) states that, “Success of dental implant in well and fairly controlled diabetic patients with proper treatment planning, prophylactic remedies and adequate postsurgical maintenance appears as good as normal individuals.” To translate: so long as your condition is well controlled and you are adequately monitored, the chances of your treatment succeeding are just as high as for any healthy patient without diabetes.

Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hatcher

Because we still have more research to do before we can fully understand the effects that diabetes may have on the dental implant process, we can only determine the candidacy of our diabetic patients on a case by case basis. Rest assured though, we have plenty of experience providing successful implant treatments for our “non-traditional” patients. If you would like to learn more about diabetes and how it may affect your chances of receiving treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Steven Hatcher, today.