Dental Implants with Diabetes: Risks and Safety
Tooth loss affects millions of American adults and leads to unsightly smiles that tend to affect confidence and self-esteem.
This problem can result from bad oral hygiene, poor nutrition, teeth grinding, smoking and even drinking alcohol. A host of factors cause tooth loss, but this does not mean it’s all that difficult to solve.
Dental implants are one of the most effective and easiest dental solutions for tooth loss. Your dentist will make a replica of the teeth that need to be replaced. Then they surgically implant a permanent replacement, hence the name.
However, a lot of people who have diabetes and people who have gum disease are concerned about the safety and risks involved with this dentistry procedure. Is a dental implant safe for people with diabetes and gum disease? Let’s find out.
Most think that dental implants for those with diabetes are not safe. Diabetic people heal more slowly and this is the primary reason why many dentists hesitated to allow diabetics to undergo implant surgery.
However, a 2014 study by researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that there is no association between high blood sugar level and complications or failure with implants.
The researchers studied 117 patients with a total of 234 implants altogether. After a year, they found that none of the implants placed in a single of the 19 diabetic patients failed.
So to answer our question about the safeness of dental implants with diabetes, the answer is yes. Throughout the surgery and the recovery process, the replacement is safe. If you have diabetes and you’re worried about your safety but you also want to replace your missing tooth, a rigorous study shows that you’ll be perfectly safe.
A Dental Implant and Gum Disease
People with gum or periodontal disease also wonder if they are eligible for an implant procedure. Dental implants with gum disease are not entirely impossible. First, if you’ve had periodontal disease in the past that is now actively and efficiently managed, you may be eligible for an implant. Same thing goes for current gum disease that is managed. Many dentists will evaluate and most likely approve you.
However, if you currently have this issue and it is not managed, then you first need to get the disease under control. This will mean intensive treatment. When not handled, gum disease will get worse over time. This will lead to implant failure and rejection. This will result in a huge waste of money. So your gum disease needs properly treated first.
Will These Conditions Affect the Partial and Whole Mouth Dental Implant Cost?
The partial and whole mouth dental implant cost is affected by how many implants you’re going to get. Full mouth dental implants are more expensive than partial implants. Diabetes and gum disease will not directly affect the partial or whole mouth dental implant cost.
Although, if you have severe a gum problems and have lost many teeth in the process, you will have to purchase more implants which translate into more surgery and then higher costs.
Getting dental implants with diabetes is safe and costs the same as with implants for non-diabetics. Same as with a dental implant with gum disease.
However, you first need to get your gum issues under control to avoid wasting money. Be sure to talk to your dentist about your preexisting conditions and other concerns. This will assure the safety and success of your dental implant. If you would like to schedule a dental implant consult, give Canyon Rim Dental a call today at (801)486-3887.