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Can I Get Dental Implants If I Have Diabetes and Gum Disease?

Posted by AllSmiles

I have Type 1 diabetes and gum disease. My teeth are loose, but I don’t want just dentures rubbing on my gums. I’m 63 years old, and I don’t want to spend the next 20 years of my life with miserable dentures. Can I get implants if I have diabetes and gum disease? Thanks. Gracie from Springfield, MA


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Type 1 diabetes can be a risk factor, but it doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from dental implants for your denture. Careful evaluation is crucial. An implant dentist will assess risk factors with a thorough review of your medical and dental history. Well-controlled diabetes is essential for optimal implant healing.

How Can You Find an Implant Dentist?

Look for a dentist with post-graduate training in implantology. Advanced training in cosmetic dentistry is a plus for natural-looking dentures. Some dentists partner with oral surgeons or periodontists (implant specialists) for the surgery. Afterward, the dentist will restore the implants with crowns.

What Can You Expect During a Dental Implant Consultation?

You can expect the following during a dental implant consultation:

  • Detailed Medical and Dental Histories Review: The dentist will carefully examine your medical and dental history to identify potential risks. The dentist will assess whether your diabetes and gum disease are well-managed to promote dental implant healing. This step helps determine if implants are the most suitable option.
  • 3D CT scan: This advanced imaging tool shows your oral anatomy and whether your oral health and jawbone can support dental implants. 3D technology helps the dentist precisely plan implant placement.
  • Digital Implant Placement Technology: This technology offers precise guidance during surgery, ensuring accurate implant positioning for healthy healing.
  • Comprehensive Treatment by a Single Provider: A dentist with implantology expertise can perform implant placement surgery and restoration with dentures. This streamlined approach minimizes miscommunication and potential additional fees associated with an oral surgeon or periodontist (implant specialist). However, your dentist may collaborate with a specialist for your implant surgery.

Selecting an Implant Dentist for Patients with Diabetes

We recommend scheduling at least two consultations with implant or restoring dentists to discuss whether implant dentures are an option.

Chandler, Arizona, dentists Dr. William Walden and Dr. Tyrel Beavers sponsor this post. Read how they strive to give patients some of the best dental care in Chandler.

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