Many people with diabetes have already rejected the idea of Dental Implants, simply because they think they are not good candidates for this treatment. But if you have diabetes, this isn’t necessarily true.
If a dentist has told you that you cannot have Dental implants because of diabetes, at Harley Street Dental Clinic we are happy to review your case and offer a second, informed opinion. While patients with diabetes who wish to have dental implants in Harley Street may experience more difficulties than regular patients, dental implants are still doable if some conditions apply.
What is diabetes and why can it affect implant placement?
Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the body metabolises and processes glucose. Glucose is the type of sugar used by the body to send energy to the cells, but can also be harmful if its volume in the bloodstream is too high. Glucose levels are regulated by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Diabetic patients do not produce this hormone at all or don’t produce enough quantities of this hormone. For either type of diabetes, additional insulin is required for controlling diabetes.
Diabetes is a significant risk factor for dental implants in Harley Street because it slows down the wound healing process. This process is really important for the successful outcome of implant bonding or ‘osseointegration’ – a biological function that occurs in the period of time after the placement of dental implants into the jawbone and the placement of replacement teeth over the dental implants.
Numerous studies have shown that patients with controlled diabetes can have dental implants successfully placed and healed. The healing process though may be longer than that required for non-diabetic patients. During this time, patients should be extra careful not to develop infection in the implant sites. This can be achieved by following the dentist’s instructions and visiting the dental clinic in Harley Street for regular check-ups.
No need to abandon the idea of dental implants in Harley Street
With proper disease management and a little extra care for your dental implants after the surgery, you can be among the many that experience a great outcome and a healthier smile with dental implants in Harley Street.