Dental Implants For Diabetics

| November 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Arthur Leat
(Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK)

Dental Implants for Diabetics:

I am a seventy-four year old male insulin dependent Type 2 diabetic living in the UK, and have suffered diabetes for about twenty-five years.

When I last last changed my dentist about a year ago, the new dentist took 6 x-rays, to the front and both sides of both jaws. She found that there had been significant bone erosion and that at least two teeth were loose. To my untrained eye, it looked as if I had lost about half of the connection between the tooth roots and the jaws.

The fact that there had been a deterioration of the tooth/bone connection came as no surprise as it it seemed to explain why gaps had appeared between my front teeth where once I had had none.

Although he had mentioned one loose tooth, my previous dentist, who had treated me for about five years, at no time indicated a serious underlying condition

My tooth configuration is as follows:

Upper jaw: Nine natural teeth and a metal-based denture having five false teeth.

Lower jaw: Fourteen teeth, mostly natural, but two or three caps

I have, like most people, metal fillings to my remaining teeth.

I read somewhere, in Africa I think it was,that there had been a study of the treatment of diabetics with implants and that the failure rate was something like 68%.

Given these circumstances, in your opinion, would implants be a viable option for me? And, if so:

What would be the best kind of treatment?
What is the likely time scale of such treatment?
What would be an estimate of the likely cost?, and To what extent would I be left looking “gummy” during the procedures?

I look forward to hearing from you,

Arthur Leat


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  1. sandydig says:

    Dental Implants for Diabetics NEW
    by: Sharon B., RDH

    Hi Arthur,

    It sounds like you have a classic case of periodontal disease. If you were seeing your previous dentist every 6 months they should have alerted you to the condition. If there are no signs of disease then it could simply be to bone loss from age.

    Active periodontal disease becomes more aggressive when you are diabetic, and the same is said the other way around. Blood sugar levels are often impossible to control when periodontal disease is active. Before discussing putting in any type of dental implants you need to address existing infection in your gums so that the mouth can be healthy and promote the overall healing process of new implants being placed.

    Implants in a healthy mouth typically heal within about 6 months. For your case it could be much longer, especially with active infection. Ask your dentist if you have periodontal disease and begin treating it aggressively before placing implants in your mouth.

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