Over 500,000 people annually are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth because they are unlike any other treatment. A dental implant recreates the entire tooth structure, including the root. This allows it to look and function like a real tooth while also potentially lasting for decades with the proper care, like maintaining your oral hygiene. Generally, anyone who has good oral and general health can benefit from dental implants, but what about diabetics? Although there is an increased risk of failure, you might still be a candidate. Here’s what you need to know to make the best decision for your smile.
Are Dental Implants Safe for Diabetics?
A dental implant is unique because it replicates both the root and crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a root. An abutment is connected to it to attach a custom-made restoration. On average, the risk of dental implant failure is less than 5%; however, certain factors increase the likeliness of complications, like untreated diabetes.
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are known to cause potential problems because they affect the body’s ability to heal and fight infections. Diabetics are more prone to infections, like gum disease, which can cause dental implants to fail. With infection the leading cause of dental implant failure, several precautions must be taken to keep your smile bacteria-free.
Not only can diabetics deal with infections, but also healing issues. The long-term success of a dental implant relies on the jawbone fusing to the post through a process called osseointegration. Although it can take longer for your mouth to heal, it is possible for your body to integrate with the implant by controlling your diabetes and eating a balanced diet.
Promoting the Success of Dental Implants
Despite the risk of complications, diabetics can still benefit from dental implants. Your dentist will work closely with you to create a personalized plan to replace your lost teeth. They’ll take certain precautions to minimize any risks. You can also promote the success of your new smile by following a few tips, such as:
- Keep your diabetes under control through diet and exercise. It’s also important to take any prescribed medications as instructed by your physician.
- Commit to your oral hygiene to remove oral bacteria that can lead to an infection.
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. They can detect any concerns while they are still small to quickly intervene, like red, swollen, or bleeding gums.
You don’t need to settle for anything less than the best. If your diabetes is well-controlled, it’s time to contact your dentist to see if dental implants are right for you.
About Dr. Randall Nameth
Dr. Nameth earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University. Each year, he completes continuing education courses to provide advanced treatments, like dental implants. With decades of experience, he has the qualifications and reputation you can trust. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.