30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Besides blood sugar control,
diabetes includes a number of other health complications. Recent studies have
suggested that there is a two-way connection between diabetes and periodontal
(gum) disease. Patients with gum disease have increased risk of other diabetic
complications and patients with diabetes are more prone to developing gum
disease causes inflammation in the body, which can make controlling blood sugar
more difficult for diabetic patients. Severe periodontal disease has even been
shown to increase blood sugar, which can raise the risk of
additional diabetic complications.
with diabetes are more prone to infections in general. This is especially true
for patients whose diabetes is not well controlled. Diabetic patients with poor
blood sugar control are more likely to develop gum disease, to have a more
severe case, and to lose more teeth from gum disease.
patients are more prone to other oral health issues, such as dry mouth or
thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth). Reduced saliva production or
infection in the mouth can increase risks of developing periodontal disease as
can escalate these risks even further. Studies have shown that smokers are 5 times
more likely than non-smokers to develop gum disease, overall. Diabetic smokers
age 45 or older have been found to be 20 times more likely to develop severe
when diabetes and blood sugar are well-controlled, the risks of periodontal
disease and other oral health complications are no different than for patients
sure to let us know if you have diabetes and how well-controlled it is. We may
need to discuss your medication schedule when planning treatments or to
postpone a treatment if your blood sugar is not controlled. Keep in mind that
healing from treatment can take longer for diabetic patients, even when blood
sugar is well-controlled.
you have questions or concerns about your risk of periodontal disease with
diabetes, contact our office for more information.
About 1 in 4 adults experience tooth loss between the
ages of 21 and 30. Dental implants are a safe and long-term option for tooth
replacement that improve the appearance and functionality of your smile.
A dental implant can be paired with a replacement crown
for single tooth replacement or can be used in small groups to anchor a
denture or dental bridge. Dental implants are a strong, long-lasting solution
for tooth loss and serve to prevent jaw bone loss in the same manner as a
natural tooth root.
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants as a
tooth-replacement solution. Some of these include:
- Natural looking smile: Dental implants are
crafted to closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring a natural-looking
- Improved oral health: Since there is no need to
alter surrounding teeth to anchor implants, more of your natural teeth are
preserved intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Improved speech: With removable,
non-anchored dentures, teeth can slip within the mouth, causing slurred or
mumbled speech. Dental Implants remove that concern.
- Improved comfort: Dental Implants avoid the
slipping and discomfort of removable dentures.
- Improved function: Dental Implants function
like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat without pain.
- Durability: Dental implants are
stable, strong, and stain-resistant.
- Protect healthy bone
spaces caused by tooth loss can, over time, lead to deterioration of the
jawbone. Since Dental Implants function like tooth roots, they are able to
prevent this type of deterioration, just as natural teeth do.
- Long-term solution: Dentures must be replaced
about every 5-7 years. Dental Implants, when cared for properly, can last a
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may
be right for you. We will consider your oral and overall health prior to
determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Some considerations
bone support to anchor the implant
health, including any chronic illnesses
In some cases, we may recommend advance treatment for
your upper or lower jaw to enable you to have the bone support needed for
implantation. As always, your treatment plan is created based on your specific
needs and goals for your healthy smile.
If you are interested in learning more about dental
implants or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today
for an appointment. We’re here to help restore the health and beauty of your