For years, diabetes prevented patients from having dental implants. However, recent advancements in dentistry have shown that even patients with diabetes can have dental implants placed successfully into their jawbone, as long as their diabetes is under control.
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body can produce a sugar known as glucose that cells use for energy production. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose levels in the body and is produced by the pancreas. The body needs insulin to help keep glucose levels stable, and when insulin levels are uncontrolled, you can have too much glucose in your blood. Diabetes comes in two different types – 1 and 2. Type 2 is the most common, however, the regulation of blood sugar in both types is of high importance, because high and low levels of glucose can have damaging effects.
If you a diabetic patient and you want to replace one or several missing teeth with dental implants in Hertford, our experienced dentists at Hertford Dental Implants will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment. Generally, dental implants are a good option for patients who can undergo oral surgery and have enough bone left in the jaw. Diabetic patients are encouraged to control their diabetes before seeking dental implant treatment. We also encourage you to provide us with as much information as possible in relation to your condition. In most cases, there needs to be co-operation between the patient, the dentist and the pathologist for the best possible results. At the end of your consultation, we will be able to determine whether you are eligible for dental implants in Hertford.
Many short-term studies have produced evidence that uncontrolled diabetes can increase the risk of dental implant failure, thus making dental implant treatment a poor choice for patients with uncontrolled diabetes. Patients with controlled diabetes, on the other hand, have better success rates with dental implants, since diabetes does not affect the healing process.
If you have experienced tooth loss, you are suffering from diabetes and would like to learn more about dental implants in Hertford, contact us today and we will schedule an appointment for you.