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How Diabetes affects Dental Implants

If you’re considering undergoing treatment for dental implants in Richmond, then it’s advisable to tell your dentist that you suffer from diabetes. The simple reason for this is that whilst diabetes doesn’t always prevent you from having implants, it will affect your treatment plan. So why is this case?

Dramatically slows down the overall healing process

After extensive research scientists have found that in soft tissue surgery cases (such as those who have undergone a dental implantation) the period of healing time in diabetics can be altered dramatically. Let’s explain…

When we undergo a dental implant a titanium rod is fastened or secured down into the jaw bone and over a period of time a natural process of bone fusion takes place. This is where the bone tissue of the jawbone fuses and merges with the implant itself to become one super-strong platform and is otherwise known as osseointegration. Once osseointegration has occurred then a porcelain crown can finally be fitted to complete the implant. In non-diabetics bone fusion tends to plateau at around six weeks, whereas for those with diabetes this can be extended to twelve weeks and beyond. What’s more, in those who suffer uncontrollable diabetes there is evidence to suggest that bone healing might not occur at all.

Diabetics are more prone to gum disease

Whether you undergo treatment for a dental implant in Richmond, or in Harley Street, the principle will remain the same in that gum disease is a real problem for implants. Therefore anyone who suffers with gum disease whether it’s the early stages (gingivitis) or the latter stages (advanced periodontitis) has to be treated before any implants can be placed. Unfortunately diabetics are often more prone to gum disease as they have higher levels of glucose in their blood.

As stated earlier, the above factors don’t necessarily mean that diabetes sufferers can’t have dental implants. However, there is a trend in today’s implant patients to have crowns fitted earlier in the implant cycle than they once would, and it’s this that could bring about complications for those with diabetes. So it’s vitally important to speak with your dental clinic if you are thinking of having implants but suffer from diabetes. This way they can seek to develop a treatment plan that works for you.

Whether you’re a diabetic or not and would like to find out more information about the implant process then speak to Sheen Dental. We’ve been successfully fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and have dealt with diabetic and non-diabetic patients alike, so contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free consultation and discuss your needs.

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