For some time now, patients who suffer from diabetes have not been able to move forward with dental implant treatment. In the past, it was believed that the condition might interfere with your mouth’s ability to heal around implants. Because of how crucial successful recovery is to the function of implants, patients with conditions that might affect its success have been historically turned away from the treatment.
But recent research is beginning to change things. A new study has shown that the implant success rate in diabetic patients may be just as high as it is for healthy, non-diabetic patients.
Dental implants depend on a biological process called osseointegration. This process refers to the way that the jawbone heals around the titanium implant fixture, melding with it to gain the ability to manipulate the fixture just like a natural tooth root. (This is possible due to titanium being a biocompatible alloy.) The success of this process is important, as it is what allows the implant fixture to properly support the weight and force that the crown will face every day of use.
Patients with habits that affect the success of osseointegration are frequently turned away from implant treatment (or required to have supplemental procedures done before moving forward with implants).
For example, smokers often have trouble moving forward with implant treatment, as the habit can invite bacteria to the implant site. With diabetes, it was believed that a surplus of sugar in the bloodstream might prevent osseointegration from succeeding.
Thanks to some current research, more and more diabetic patients are being allowed to proceed with the dental implant process. A 2013 study stated that, “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 plainly, as long as your condition is well maintained and the correct steps are taken, the chances of your treatment succeeding are just as high as they would be for a healthy patient without diabetes.
Another study further backs this up. In Prakash and Victor’s 2012 study, they found that the success rate for implant placement in diabetic patients sat at 94% which isn’t that far off from what healthy, non-diabetic patients face. For these reasons, more and more diabetic patients are being allowed to restore their missing teeth with dental implants.
Since there is more research that needs to be done, we can only determine implant candidacy for our diabetic patients on a case by case basis. If you have diabetes and are suffering from one or more missing teeth, then dental implants are still something you should consider. If you would like to find out if you qualify for treatment with dental implants, contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Christopher Jackson today.
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