One of the more common questions we receive from our patients is if people with diabetes can get dental implants. The answer to this question varies from practice to practice. The reason for this is that most providers like to evaluate each patient and their individual characteristics before deciding whether or not to place dental implants.
One of the concerns that providers have with placing dental implants is the possible association between elevated blood sugar and implant failure or implant complications. However, a recent article in the Journal of the American Dental Association showed that after one year, none of the implants placed in 19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes had failed.
The above results came as no surprise to some providers who have been experiencing positive results for years after placing implants in patients with diabetes. In fact, many dental implant providers insist that they have never turned away a patient for treatment because they are diabetic.
In the past, many providers warned their patients that diabetes could affect collagen synthesis, and create a higher risk of failure. Additionally, diabetes causes many problems that could theoretically affect implant survival. Diabetes often alters bone formation, increases the risk for infection, and can compromise wound healing.
Earlier studies also found that in many cases, dental implants are less stable in patients with diabetes. For these reasons, experts have traditionally warned against placing implants in patients with uncontrolled diabetes.
It is important to note that earlier studies were short-term and tended to focus on how the implants were doing before final restorations were placed appropriately. However, many professionals claim that the difference in healing time is not a sufficient reason to deny implants to people who could benefit most from them.
In addition, many doctors suggest that the risks would likely be outweighed by the benefits of these patients getting dental implants. And finally, many of the most popular studies have focused on patients with uncontrolled diabetes. This means that patients with diabetes that is under control would have little or no anticipated problems with dental implant placement.
One of the main benefits of implant placement for patients with diabetes is a critical improvement in dietary habits. One example of this would be patients who are limited to a diet of soft foods and liquids. It is believed that implants would allow these patients to have access to a healthier diet, which could then improve their diabetes.
Another great benefit for diabetic patients is the ability to chew and digest food more effectively. This could possibly help patients who have uncontrolled diabetes transition into a more controlled form of diabetes.
Some other more general benefits are:
Do you want to know more about dental implants for diabetic patients? Please feel free to read through the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or speak to one of our helpful staff members if you have further questions about the process or financing options. Alternatively, if you live in the Thornhill or Newmarket, ON areas, you can give us a call to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Thornhill Periodontics today.
Dr. Leonard Schwartz
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Canada L3T 7M8
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