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Don’t Let Diabetes Stop You from Having Dental Implants

Posted In In Vision - By The Grand Canyons on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 With No Comments »

Dental ImplantsWhat makes dental implants so successful is the natural process whereby the implant fuses with the jawbone to provide a solid foundation for crowns and other teeth replacements. It is this process that allows implants to provide the high level of comfort, duration and stability that they have become famous for.

Until recently, patients with certain health conditions were advised against implant surgery, due to the belief that these conditions could compromise the healing process. More specifically, the elevated blood sugar levels of patients suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can alter the body’s response to inflammation, therefore increasing healing time considerably.

However, recent studies and clinical trials have been encouraging – many diabetic patients can be good candidates for dental implants as long as they can control their diabetes with the help of their pathologist prior to implant operation.

If you suffer from diabetes, the experienced dental team at Warrendale Dental in Ross-on-Wye is here to assess your individual situation and determine whether you are eligible for dental implants. Initially, your dentist will ask you to go through a number of medical tests in order to ensure whether your condition is stable as there are a few issues that a diabetic person considering dental implants should be aware of in advance.

Patients with diabetes will almost certainly experience a much slower healing process following implant operation. This is because, in diabetics, wounds tend to heal more slowly and get worse faster. Damaged and narrow blood vessels are responsible for poor blood circulation to various parts of the body including the gums.

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The most important thing to have in mind, when looking for implant treatment, is how well you can control your blood glucose levels. Research has shown that diabetics with good blood glucose control, those with poor glucose control, and non-diabetics share similar implant success rates (above 95%). However, patients with uncontrolled diabetes need more time for the jawbone to heal.

In any case, patients with diabetes should always consult their doctor before they decide to get dental implants in order to have a better understanding of any risks involved.