For a long time now, patients with missing teeth who also happen to suffer from diabetes have been denied treatment with dental implants. The reason for this is because it was believed that the condition could interfere with the recovery period of the dental implant process, resulting in the treatment’s failure. However, this is beginning to change as it has been discovered that the success rate of dental implants in patients with diabetes is just as good as it is for healthy, non-diabetic patients. Today, Dr. Richard Assing and Dr. Brenton Assing are blogging from their Brandon, FL area office to talk about diabetes and why more and more diabetic patients are being able to move forward with the dental implant process.
What makes dental implants unique among other teeth restoration treatments is the way that they are integrated directly into your oral anatomy through a process called osseointegration. In fact, your jawbone will actually thread itself through your implant fixture, pulling it permanently into place. This integration is incredibly important to the dental implant process as it is only thanks to osseointegration that your implant fixture is able to support the weight of your replacement tooth, as well as bare the force and energy of everyday use that crown will handle.
Sometimes, patients with certain habits or medical conditions are denied treatment with dental implants out of the fear that their condition will prevent osseointegration from succeeding. For instance, patients who smoke have long been turned away from treatment with implants. The reason for this is the fact that smoking can damage the healing tissues of the mouth, preventing your jawbone from accepting the implant fixture. While our practice has seen plenty of success placing dental implants in patients who smoke, the simple fact is that the chances of the treatment failing for these patients are much higher than they are for patients who do not smoke.
For a long time now, this mentality has applied to our diabetic patients as well. Fortunately, this is beginning to change, as a recent study has shown that that diabetes may not have as large of an effect on the healing process as previously thought. This study states, “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” (Debey, Gupta, and Singh ). To put it simply, so long as your condition is well maintained, the chances of your treatment succeeding are just as high as they are for our healthy, non-diabetic patients.
Because there is still so much more research that needs to be done before we can fully understand the effects that diabetes might have on dental implants, we can only decide the possibility of implants for a diabetic patient on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to find out if dental implants can work for you, please contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Richard Assing and Dr. Brenton Assing today.
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
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