Are Dental Implants Safe for Diabetics?

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Dental implants remain one of the most popular forms of tooth replacement, and for good reason. Their longevity, functionality, and esthetics make them incomparable to more traditional solutions for replacing single or multiple teeth. However, if you have a preexisting condition, it’s understandable if you have questions. For example, oral surgeons often hear “are dental implants safe for diabetics?” Here’s the good news; even if you have diabetes there’s a pretty good chance you’re still able to receive dental implants. Learn the facts from an oral surgeon ahead of your first consultation!

Does Diabetes Affect Dental Implant Success?

While it’s still possible to get dental implants even if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s also important to note there are certain risk factors that can influence your success rate. For example, people with diabetes are more prone to infection following implant placement compared to those without. Diabetics can also expect the healing process to take longer overall. This is because the step of osseointegration (or the implant fusing with the bone tissue) takes more time to complete.

Furthermore, type 1 diabetes is usually more difficult to control compared to type 2. That means if you have type 1 and you intend to receive dental implants in the future, the risk for failure will be slightly higher. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants period if you have this condition.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Oral surgeons are extremely thorough when planning any type of surgery, including the placement of dental implants. When you arrive for your consultation, it’s important that you discuss your diabetes with the doctor directly. This will enable them to be more diligent in reviewing your medical and dental records as well as better assess your general health. From there, they can provide a more accurate timeline when you begin the healing process.

Additionally, they’ll ask you to speak with your general practitioner to ensure your diabetes is under control. Poorly managed diabetes can dramatically increase the risk for dental implant failure. By following certain habits and keeping a few tips in mind, dental implants can be viable regardless of your condition.

Tips to a Successful Dental Implant Treatment

The most important steps you can take to ensure a successful dental implant treatment include the following:

  • Speak with your doctor to seek advice regarding your diet and current exercise regimen. Confirm that you are taking all prescribed medication as recommended and on schedule.
  • Get any existing dental disease treated, especially gum disease. Until you have, dental implant treatment cannot be performed.
  • Maintain a strict oral care routine consisting of brushing and flossing every day.
  • Attend regular dental checkups every six months (this is even more important since diabetics are generally at higher risk of dental disease).

Dental implant treatment isn’t necessarily out of reach just because you have diabetes. Set up an appointment with an oral surgeon today and learn if treatment is right for you!

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