Dental Implants and Diabetes

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At Garth B. Riopelle, DDS, we care about your overall oral health and we are here to help you every step of the way. We know how difficult it can be to make a decision about your teeth and gums and sometimes, you may not know the facts behind a procedure or the risks associated with a specific type of treatment. Because of this, Dr. Riopelle has taken the time to answer one of the most pressing questions that patients often have, which is “Can I have dental implants if I have controlled diabetes?”

It is possible to have dental implants and diabetes, especially when it is controlled. Did you know that there are more than 26 million people who have diabetes in the US? This is startling because the numbers continue to rise and there are many patients who do not even know that they have the disease.

Diabetes is classified in the metabolic disease category, in which our body has trouble processes glucose. You will experience uncontrolled levels of glucose in your blood when you have diabetes. The pancreas is responsible for producing and providing your body with insulin. Problems can arise when too much or too little insulin is produced.

There are two types of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I is present when your body is unable to produce insulin for your body. Type II is the most common form of diabetes and affects most of the population. This form of diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body does not respond to the amount of insulin that is produced.

Diabetes can lead to serious complications including gangrene, kidney disease, nerve damage, and more. Your blood glucose levels can become out of control and this can lead to coma or death. If your diabetes is under control, you will find that you do not usually suffer from these types of complications.

If you suspect that you do have diabetes, it is important that you speak with your healthcare provider, as there are tests that can be performed to check for the disease. In addition, you will be able to find out if you are at high-risk for diabetes or if you are a pre-diabetic. Diabetes is often controlled via medications, insulin injections, and diet management.

Your Healing Process and Diabetes

Diabetics will often have a slowdown in the healing process and this can lead to infection and other complications, especially when a wound is present. Often times, diabetics find themselves more prone to infections as well. This often happens because blood flow is limited due to restricted blood vessels. If your glucose levels are not controlled, you will find that blood has a hard time reaching your gums, kidneys, eyes, and fingers.

Another complication with diabetes is that inflammation response from the body may be slowed down. Inflammation occurs when there is a problem in the body. Once the body recognizes it, healing process can be jump started. If your body fails to respond to the inflammation in a timely manner, it can cause pain and lead to tissue damage.

Dr. Riopelle wants you to know that the dental implant surgical process is routine and is not as complicated as it sounds. It is likely that you will have success with the procedure even if you do have diabetes. Studies that have been conducted show that diabetes and dental implants can work together to provide you with the smile that you want. Diabetics, with controlled diabetes, can have dental implants that are successful.

Different research methods and studies ensure that dental implants are good ideas even for those with diabetes. The results of the tests have shown that patients with diabetes and patients without diabetes both had success with dental implants at a 95% success rate. This is good news for those who want to receive dental implants to improve their smile.

It is important to discuss all options for tooth replacement with Dr. Riopelle before you make a decision, but there is no reason why you should avoid dental implants as the benefits far outweigh the risks.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, do not hesitate to call our office in San Ramon, CA today. Dr. Riopelle will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate to receive dental implants regardless of your diabetic conditions.

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