While dental implants are quickly rising as the most popular treatment for missing teeth, there was a time when patients with certain conditions were turned away from the treatment. For the longest time, patients with diabetes have been pushed away from implants out of the fear that their condition would cause the vital process of osseointegration to fail. However, the attitude toward patients with diabetes who are looking for treatment with dental implants is beginning to change thanks to some research that has shown that the success rate of implants can be just as high in diabetic patients as it is for non-diabetic ones. Today, Dr. Barry Cohen is blogging from his Drexel Hill, PA office to talk about diabetes and the research that is allowing more diabetic patients to receive treatment with dental implants.
What makes dental implants unique among tooth restoration treatments is the fact that they fuse directly to your jawbone, much like your natural teeth do. As your implants heal, a process called osseointegration occurs. This process causes your jawbone to regenerate, causing new bone tissue to grow up along your implant fixture. This tissue also threads itself through small holes in your implant fixture, pulling the piece permanently into place. This process is what gives dental implants their comfort and stability, and its success is essential to the dental implant process.
Unfortunately, some patients are turned away from dental implants because they have a condition or habit that may cause osseointegration to fail. For example, patients who smoke are often turned away from dental implant treatment because the habit can lead to infections that can cause the healing process to fail. In particular, smoking can cause an inflammation in the gums directly surrounding the implant fixture to become inflamed, causing osseointegration to fail. This condition is called peri-implantitis. While this condition can occur in any patient, it is far more common in patients who smoke.
For the same reason that smokers have been turned away from dental implants, so too have diabetics. Fortunately, there is some research going around that is changing things for our diabetic patients. This research 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 things simply, so long as your condition is well maintained and the proper precautions are taken, there is no reason for your treatment to have any less of a chance of success than what a healthy, non-diabetic patient would have.
Despite this research, we can still only determine candidacy for dental implants for our diabetic patients on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to find out if you qualify for treatment using dental implants, contact our office and schedule a free no-obligation consultation with Dr. Barry Cohen today. We serve patients in Havertown, Broomall, Springfield, Upper Darby, Clifton Heights, and Drexel Hill.
Drs. Barry Cohen & Susan Schlesinger
4750 Township Line Rd, Suite 2
Drexel Hill, PA
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