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Dental implants and the diabetic patient

10-01-2017

Diabetic patients were once discouraged from dental implant therapy, because implant placement requires minor surgery. Diabetes has been associated with several side effects, such as increased liability to infection, slower healing time and gum disease. Since dental implants and techniques for controlling diabetes have progressed, patients with diabetes can enjoy dental implant treatments. Even more remarkably, a recent study has proven that dental implants are safe even for patients with uncontrolled diabetes.

At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic, we are happy to accommodate diabetic patients. If you are interested in dental implants in Leicester, but aren’t sure if you’re an eligible candidate because of your condition,Dr Duncan Ralston is your best source of information. By looking into your detailed health history, he will be able to determine the type of dental implants that might work best for you, while reducing the risk of infection or other complications.

Diabetes and gum disease

Gum disease is the invisible enemy when it comes to the success of dental implants in diabetic patients. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease, which can go unnoticed during the early stages. However, advanced gum disease can weaken the bone and result in tooth loss.

Patients with diabetes won’t be able to undergo dental implant operations,until they no longer have symptoms of gum disease. At the same time, diabetes can also increase the development of an infection after surgery.

Dental implants and diabetes

If you have diabetes and you are considering dental implants in Leicester, you might still be able to be operated on; however, several factors should be taken into consideration and discussed with your dentist in advance. Some of these are your health history and the type of diabetes you have, as well as the length of time you’ve had it. Generally, Type 2 diabetes is more controllable and patients who have just recently been diagnosed with diabetes are more suitable candidates than patients with chronic diabetes.

Essentially, your health history and your ability to heal properly after surgery will determine whether you should opt for dental implants in Leicester. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic we will co-operate with your pathologist to help you gain diabetes control and ensure the success of your dental implants.

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