Dental Implants and diabetes
Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth, providing you with the right chewing capacity and enhancing your smile. They will also allow you to prevent bone loss that often accompanies dentures
Dental implants can be used to support a single crown to replace one missing tooth or a bridge to support 2 or more missing teeth. Dental implants can also be used to support loose dentures, which often results in an improved quality of life for denture wearers.
How does diabetes affect the placement and success of dental implants?
Well-controlled diabetes (HbA1c<8) have similar dental implant success results to non-diabetics. It is a good idea to consider antibiotic therapy for preventive reasons.
Poorly controlled diabetes (HbA1c>8) may have a higher implant failure, and inflammation of the gums throughout the life of the implant, compared to non-diabetics.
For our diabetic patients it is important that they understand getting their condition under control is paramount to the success of dental implant treatment and overall oral health.
How does smoking affect implant treatment?
Even though it is not contraindicated, it is important to outline that smokers have a higher rate of dental implant failure than non-smokers (12% versus 5%). It is advisable to at least try to stop smoking just before and immediately after implant placement to encourage healing and integration.