Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY wish to encourage our patients with diabetes to consider implant dentistry. There is a great deal of confusion surrounding dental implants and diabetes, and so we would like to clear it up and ensure our patients that being a diabetic doesn’t automatically disqualify them from also receiving dental implants.
As your chosen dentist in Staten Island, we can tell you that implants are the ultimate form of restorative dentistry. Replacing an entire tooth lost to decay or disease, they will be surgically implanted into the jaw and gum where a process known as osseointegration occurs. Essentially, this is a bonding of the bone to the post of the implant, and it ensures you can use that implant just like a natural tooth for decades afterward.
However, dental implants and diabetes are not always a functional combination because diabetes may interfere with successful osseointegration. This is due to a few issues. The first is that diabetics are, typically, slower heals that are also more prone to infections like gum disease. Slow healing and infection are leading causes of implant failure. However, this does not mean that dental implants and diabetes are always a recipe for failure.
In fact, diabetes itself is not the issue. It is uncontrolled diabetes that can make things far more challenging. This means that the most important step for a diabetic eager to have successful implant dentistry is to visit their regular doctor and ensure their diabetes is entirely under control through medication and diet. Next, a diabetic must be sure they are free of gum disease, and if not, take all steps possible to alleviate this condition.
If You Have Diabetes and Are Interested in Dental Implants, Talk to Our Dentist
Once these two key issues are addressed, you are likely to have a far more successful outcome. Dental implants and diabetes are not incompatible, and we encourage you learn more by getting in touch with us by phoning our Staten Island, NY office at 718-984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.