In the past, it’s been believed that dental implants could not successfully heal in patients with diabetes. There has been a recent study that suggests otherwise and claims that dental implants is a treatment that can improve the health of diabetics. According to Thomas W. Oates Jr., DMD,PhD, he states that in his studies he did not find ” any association between elevated blood sugar and implant failure complications”. In an article, issued in the Journal of American Dental Association, he explains his finding from observing 19 diabetics with dental implants, and none of the patients had failed dental implants in a year period.
People with diabetes have been known to be at a higher fail risk due to collagen synthesis. Diabetics who lack good blood sugar control, have been said that they cannot successfully heal dental implants. Diabetes can affect bone formation, increases the risk of infections, poses difficulties for wound healing, and includes developing comorbidities (two chronic diseases). Past studies have stated that their studies showed that dental implants in patients with uncontrolled diabetes, were unstable and would most likely fail. For this reason, many doctors have omitted from recommending dental implants for diabetic patients because of the supposed findings. Dr. Oates on the other hand of the spectrum, challenges these studies and claims that these studies were inconclusive because they did not take enough time to study their patients, nor did they compare between non diabetic patients and diabetic patients.
Dr. Oates has dedicated his area of study around dental implants in diabetics and periodontics. In his studies he discovered that for diabetic patients, dental implants is not an automatic failed attempt. In his studies,as stated above, he observed 19 people with diabetes for a year period and none experienced failed dental implants. Dr. Oates suggests that dental implants can successfully heal in diabetic patients, but will take a longer time to heal than those without diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that can greatly affect a person’s well being and ability to heal properly, which will pose difficulties for maintaining their oral hygiene. Many diabetic patients do not have a strong oral anatomy and Dr. Oates suggest that dental implants can actually help control their blood sugar levels and restore oral health. This new study may bring new hope for diabetic patients and dental implants, but it is also important to understand the limitations that diabetes will pose and to be able to maintain and have patience in healing.
There are many new studies and technologies that are trumping old ideologies of the past and are opening new doors for better dental care. Dental implants has been a successful and one of the most reliable teeth replacement systems on the market and now diabetics can enjoy those benefits as well. It is important to remember that not everyone’s situation is the same and results may vary in different patients who have diabetes, but the one good thing is that if dental implants can be successful in diabetic patients, it will do wonders for their health and illness. If you have any further questions regarding dental implants, or would like to discuss your candidacy, please contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today.