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The short answer is yes, dental implants are safe for diabetics. There are a few important things a diabetic patient has to know though. First off, if you are a diabetic, you will need special pre and post implant care. This is important s as to prevent and minimize complications.Recent research findings indicate that dental implants are safe for people living with controlled diabetes. In other words, as long as your overall health complies with the standard and pre-procedure health guidelines are you good to go. Read on to learn more.The Basics
Permanent dental implants have actually been proven to significantly improve the overall health of diabetics. With permanent implants, you can be sure you’ll observe and maintain a healthy, balanced diet meal plan. It does not end there though. Dental implants also go the extra mile to get rid of irritation, infections and inflammation, which are setbacks that care extremely common with dentures. This further reduces the risk of life threatening periodontal diseases as well as post implant complications and infections. Note that inflammation issues hardly go well with diabetics.SType 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes
Health risks associated with type1 diabetes vis a vis dental implants is slightly higher compared to the risks associated with type 2 diabetes vis a vis dental implants. That’s because type 1 diabetes is harder to control than type 2 diabetes. This does not mean in any way that people living with type 1 diabetes cannot have dental implants. Like already mentioned, you only need to take pre-procedure measures. Your oral surgeon will first have to review your medical and dental records. You will also have your general health assessed. This will help your dentist understand salient factors such as your history infection as well as your body’s typical timeline as far as healing is concerned.The Age Factor
This is very important. Age may matter more than usual when it comes to a person living with diabetes. The longer one has had diabetes the more prone he or she will be to infections. The healing process may also be an issue to be wary of when handling a patient who has lived with diabetes for a long time. The bottom line here is simple. If you are diabetic and are interested in getting permanent or even temporary dental implants, sooner is certainly better than later.Getting Your Implants
It is important to note that systematic review of several studies reveal that patients with controlled diabetes have no more risk of failures or complications than their non-diabetic counterparts. Studies also show that patients with uncontrolled and untreated diabetes have higher rates of both implant failure as well as post procedure infection.
Dental implants are usually embedded into the bones and gyms of the jaws. They rely on the natural healing process of the human body so as to rebuild jaw bone tissues which are essential for fusing bones around the dental posts. Gums must also heal on time. This complete integration into the gums and haw is what makes dental implants more or less like real teeth. It is what makes them a permanent solution as opposed to dentures.
Once done, the healing process can be slower in a person living with diabetes. It gets worse in a person with untreated diabetes. That is why your dentist must take into account your diabetes history before fixing implants on you. It is also why you must take the necessary measures to control your diabetes. Your oral surgeon should be able to create a plan for you to ensure you end up just fine after getting dental implants.