The two key problems associated with dental implant surgery for diabetic patients include impaired wound healing and an increased risk of infection. In addition dry mouth, caries and periodontal disease are more commonly found with these patients.
One of the most predominant effects of diabetes is slow wound recovery. Patients with such conditions are not fit to undergo dental implant treatments because the wound may take longer to heal. Having open wounds in the mouth for long may contract people to infection.
Although most people with diabetes can live a fairly normal life it can have an impact on other areas, and believe it or not, undergoing dental implant surgery could well be one of them. For this reason if you’re considering dental implant at Lovesmile, or indeed anywhere else in the UK then it’s important to tell the dentist of your condition. If your dentist knows that you are in fact a diabetic, then they can look to treat you with the right caution and care that you need. Also tell them whether you have your diabetes under control or not as this will play a huge part in determining whether you can successfully have implants and finally if eligible, then be prepared for the process to last longer.
Contrary to popular belief, being diabetic doesn’t necessarily stop you from undergoing dental implant treatment, however a level of caution does need to be exercised. For this reason any experienced implant dentist will look at each case on an individual basis and based on their findings, will ascertain whether or not it’s feasible to go ahead.
Following effects of diabetes can be controlled by maintaining proper blood glucose under desired limit:
Slow down of healing process
When we undergo a dental implant a titanium rod is fastened or secured down into the jaw bone and over a period of time a natural process of bone fusion takes place. This is where the bone tissue of the jawbone fuses and merges with the implant itself to become one super-strong platform and is otherwise known as osseointegration. Once osseointegration has occurred then a porcelain crown can finally be fitted to complete the implant. In non-diabetics bone fusion tends to plateau at around six weeks, whereas for those with diabetes this can be extended to twelve weeks and beyond. What’s more, in those who suffer uncontrollable diabetes there is evidence to suggest that bone healing might not occur at all.
Diabetes makes it difficult for the body to fight infection. Whether the infection is located in the mouth, the leg or any other part of the body, poor circulation suppresses the immune system, making it harder for the body’s natural infection fighting responders to do their job. This means that if you have diabetes, you are more prone to gum disease, and other oral health problems too such as thrush and dry mouth.
On the flip-side, gum disease can also make diabetes worse. Whenever the body is fighting illness or an infection (such as a cold or the flu or even gum disease), blood sugar spikes are harder to control with regular methods and thus extra monitoring and control-measures are required.
Don’t Let Diabetes Stop Your Dental Implant Treatment
Under the care of the dental experts of Lovesmile, diabetics will be carefully monitored throughout their treatment to ensure the greatest possibility of success. Likewise, our dentists help diabetics to understand what they can do to further promote the success of their procedure, including lifestyle changes. Whether implants can be placed for a person with diabetes is determined on a case-by-case basis. Dental implants can be successful in patients with well-controlled diabetes.