Dental Implants and Diabetes

Our Gainesville, FL area patients know that diabetes may not bar them from treatment with dental implants. For a long time now, patients with missing teeth who also happen to be suffering from diabetes have been heavily advised not to replace their missing teeth with dental implants. The reason for this is the idea that diabetes may interfere with the recovery period of the dental implant process, which can result in the treatment failing. However, a recent study has shown that the success rate for dental implants in diabetic patients is just as high as it is for non-diabetic patients. Today, Dr. Altschuler is blogging from his Gainesville, FL area practice to talk about why diabetes was long thought to cause dental implants to fail.

Don’t Let Diabetes Prevent Your Treatment

What makes dental implants completely unique among other teeth restoration treatments is the fact that they are fused directly to the jawbone by a process called osseointegration. During the implant procedure, an implant fixture, which makes up one of the three pieces of a dental implant, is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth. As it heals, osseointegration works to integrate your implant fixture into your oral anatomy. This process is incredibly important as the implant fixture will bare the complete force and energy that comes from the everyday use of the dental crown that tops it.

However, every now and then a patient’s habit or medical problem can interfere with this process, causing the dental implant to fail. For example, patients who smoke have long been advised to quit before moving forward with the implant procedure. This is because smoking can make it harder for your body to heal itself, causing your jawbone to be unable to properly heal around your implant fixture. While we have had much success providing our patients who smoke with beautiful dental implants, the fact is that the chances of the procedure failing are much higher for these patients.

For a long time now, diabetes has long been thought to be much like smoking and could prevent osseointegration from working properly. However, a 2013 study (Debey, Gupta, and Singh [2013]) states otherwise, “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.” To put it simply, so long as your sugar levels are properly maintained and you are adequately monitored, the chances of your dental implant treatment being a success are just as high as any healthy patient without diabetes.

Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Altschuler

Because there is so much still left unknown about how diabetes may affect the dental implant process, we can only determine a patient’s candidacy for the treatment on a case by case basis. Fortunately, we are proud to say that we have had a lot of success placing dental implants in “non-traditional” patients. If you would like to find out if you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Altschuler, today.