According to the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, there are over 3.2 million people in the UK who suffer with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. There are also an estimated 630,000 people who have diabetes but haven’t yet been diagnosed. That’s just over 5% of the entire population! Although most people with diabetes can live a fairly normal life it can have an impact on other areas, and believe it or not, undergoing dental implant surgery could well be one of them. For this reason if you’re considering dental implants in Northern Ireland, or indeed anywhere else in the UK then it’s important to tell the dentist of your condition.
Contrary to popular belief, being diabetic doesn’t necessarily stop you from undergoing dental implant treatment, however a level of caution does need to be exercised. For this reason any experienced implant dentist will look at each case on an individual basis and based on their findings, will ascertain whether or not it’s feasible to go ahead. So what are the problems or issues for a diabetic who’s looking to undergo treatment? Let’s take a look.
Slowed recovery times
Once dental implants are secured into the jaw bone, a process known as osseointegration takes place. This is where surrounding bone tissue starts to grow and fuse around the implant creating a strong and durable platform upon which to attach the crown. In non-diabetic patients the average time taken for bone fusion is around 6 weeks but can differ from patient to patent. In diabetic patients however, research has shown that osseointegration can take 12 weeks or more. What’s more, in some patients that have uncontrollable diabetes, this process might not even happen at all. For this reason an implant dentist in Belfast will look at every case on an individual basis, before they make a decision to move ahead with the process.
More prone to gum disease
Because of the high levels of glucose in the blood, it’s been well-documented that those with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. Whether you’re opting for a dental implant in Belfast or anywhere else in the country the criteria remains the same, in that to give implants the best chance of success, they need to be placed into a healthy mouth. If they’re placed in a mouth that shows signs of gum disease, then the chances of implant failure are considerably higher.
If you’re a diabetic and are considering dental implant treatment you need to be aware that the this might not be as straight forward as for a non-diabetic patient. Because of this, it’s imperative to tell your dentist so that they can develop the right treatment plan to suit your requirements.
At Blue Sky Dentistry we’ve been successfully fitting dental implants for many years and as such have helped many diabetic patients achieve a long lasting smile. Why not check out our website at www.blueskydentist.com for further information, or alternatively, contact us on 028 9068 7722 and book a free consultation to discuss your dental options today.