Dental implants are an increasingly popular method of replacing teeth. It’s no wonder, with all of their benefits. They keep your jawbone strong, avoiding the shrinkage that occurs with traditional dentures or dental bridges. In addition, they’re more convenient and comfortable. You’ll probably forget you even have them!
That said, not everyone is a strong candidate for implants. If you have diabetes, your condition will need to be carefully considered before getting implants. While it’s possible to have dental implants with diabetes, you should work closely with your dentist and your physician to make sure health concerns are well addressed.
If you have diabetes – or any other conditions that could affect implants – you should work with a dentist who has lots of experience placing them. At Crowns Now, all we do is dental implants, dental crowns, and bridges. So our dentists have given many patients a new smile! To ensure successful outcomes, we also use the latest dental technology to assess your readiness for receiving implants.
During your initial consultation, we’ll examine you and take a medical history. Make sure you honestly answer our questions about your diabetes, or anything else. To schedule a consultation at our Neenah, WI office, call 920-221-7948.
How Can Diabetes Affect Dental Implants?
Diabetics have levels of glucose or “sugar” in the blood that are too high. Either your body does not make insulin, which transfers insulin from blood into your cells, (Type 1 diabetes) or your body doesn’t produce or use insulin as well as it should (Type 2 diabetes). Excess glucose in the blood can cause many problems.
For dental implants with diabetes, our concerns include:
- Because of fluctuations in blood sugar, diabetes slows healing
- Diabetics are more prone to gum disease, which in advanced stages can weaken the bone surrounding implants
Can I Still Get Implants If I’m Diabetic?
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants. In fact, recent research shows that diabetics can do just fine with implants. But you’ll need to be vigilant about both your oral health and your overall health both before and after you get your implants. (This is a good idea for non-diabetics, too!)
The lower your blood sugar, the lower the chances of implant failure. And bonus, you’ll feel better too! In particular, we’ll be interested in your hemoglobin A1c values. If they are too high, we’ll work with your health care provider and you to lower them. Changes in medication and/or diet can help. It’s especially important to control your blood sugar in the weeks right before and after your implant procedure.
Here are some other ways diabetics can improve their chances of implant success:
- Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit before you get implants. Either factor on its own can slow healing. Together, the problem will be compounded.
- We’ll likely prescribe oral antibiotics to be taken after implant placement. Make sure you follow our recommendations. And ask about using an antiibiotic mouthwash too.
- Ask us about implant procedures that are designed to minimize the number of implants used to support replacement teeth. For example, an All-on-4® procedure uses just four implants to secure a full arch of teeth. In general, diabetics will likely want to avoid placement of multiple adjoining implants.
- Be diligent about oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth every day.
Other Issues That Can Affect Implant Success
Diabetes isn’t the only factor that can affect dental implant outcome. Here are some other things we may discuss with you during your initial implant consultation:
- Do you have osteoporosis? If so, what kind of medications do you take to control it?
- Do you have an autoimmune disease?
- Have you had radiation therapy to your jaw?
- Have you ever been treated for gum disease?
We Make It Easy to Get Implants
Once you’ve decided to get implants, we make it as easy and effective as possible. Our dentists use digital imaging and computer-guided technology to help identify the best areas for implant placement. We also have a CEREC system, that allows us to produce your replacement teeth right in our Neenah, WI office. This avoids delays if any modifications to your new teeth are required.
We offer multiple options to help you pay for your implants, including flexible financing through CareCredit. In addition, it’s easy to schedule appointments after work with our weeknight hours of 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We even offer Friday and Saturday hours!
We’re happy to answer any questions you have, about dental implants with diabetes or anything else. Just give us a call at 920-221-7948.