Dental implants are a well known dental procedure that will permanently replace missing teeth and is designed to look and feel like real teeth. The innovation behind dental implants begins with the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is the natural fusing of a titanium implant into the bone tissue of the jawbone, creating a permanent bond that with solidify and promote oral health. Past studies have indicated that patients who have diabetes, couldn’t successfully heal or osseointegrate their dental implants due to diabetics inability to heal quickly or properly. However, a new study suggests that dental implants can be successfully implanted into patients with diabetes. According to Thomas W. Oates Jr., DMD, PhD study on the subject, he stated that ” We failed to identify any association between elevated blood sugar and implant failure complications”. In this statement, Dr. Oates explains that diabetics he studied, were able to successful undergo osseointgeration and experience the many benefits that dental implants has to offer.
Diabetic patients have a wide variety of ailments and one of the most prominent of those ailments is poor oral health. For diabetics, blood sugar levels are hard to maintain and many experiencing tooth decay and will eventually have missing teeth because of it. Dental implants can offer diabetic patients a chance to regain oral strength and possibly improve their diabetic condition. In an article in the journal of American Dental Association, Dr. Oates reveled that in a one year period, none of his 19 patients with diabetes had failed in osseointegrating their dental implants.
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of not healing in comparison to someone without diabetes, however Dr. Oates suggests that it depends upon some factors. Diabetics must be patient, but most of all acutely aware of how they take care of their oral hygiene and dental implants. Keeping their implant and mouth clean is the key in helping them heal more effectively.
Diabetes can affect bone formation and they are more prone to bacterial infections, compromised wound healing, and comorbities (two chronic diseases). Past studies have found that implants are less stable in patients with uncontrolled diabetes, which has lead to many declines of dental implantation in diabetic patients. Dr. Oates points out that these past studies failed to study their patients in an sufficient amount of time, nor did they compare healing times between diabetic and no- diabetic patients.
Dr. Thomas Oates has dedicated his life to the study of diabetics with dental implants and teaches periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In his studies he found that diabetics take a longer time to heal dental implants than non-diabetics. He also suggests that implant therapy may be the best way to help diabetic patients control their blood sugar levels.
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Dental implants are so beneficial for people with missing teeth because it can transform their smile and reform their quality of life. Patients will gain improved oral strength and oral function. Maintaining oral health will help keep their overall body health in check. For diabetics, dental implants can be a life-saver by helping them regain not only a beautiful smile, but also to help them improve their overall health. If you have any further questions regarding dental implants or would like to discuss your candidacy, then please contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today and we will be more than happy to assist you.