Dental Options for People with Diabetes
Until recently, people with diabetes had limited options when it came to dental care. Diabetes can interfere with the body’s ability to heal, and can increase the risk of infections and post-procedure complications. For this reason, many dentists were hesitant to recommend dental implants for diabetics who had lost teeth. A recent study may change that.
Dental implants are a type of restoration that replaces the root of a lost tooth. The titanium implant is shaped like a screw or rod, and is inserted into the jaw at the tooth loss site. As the bone heals around the implant, it fuses with the titanium, securing it into the jawbone and creating a strong support for the replacement tooth. Once the implant has become integrated into the bone tissue, it can be restored with a dental crown.
Implants have long been considered the gold standard in tooth replacement because they look, feel, and act just like natural teeth. They are easy to clean and designed to last many years. In fact, when properly maintained, they can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, people with diabetes were previously discouraged from getting implants because the healing process could be complicated.
This new study reveals that implants can still be a good option for those with diabetes. More than two hundred implants were placed during the study, and while the healing process could take longer in diabetics, only two implants failed to heal properly. All other patients did heal and were able to have their missing teeth replaced.
Call us today to find out if implants are an option for you or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
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