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Can I Get a Dental Implant if I Have Diabetes?

Can I Get a Dental Implant if I Have Diabetes?

Your teeth have a significant impact on your health. That becomes extremely apparent when you lose a tooth. Even a single missing tooth can impact your ability to talk and eat. A missing tooth also has cosmetic implications.

Fortunately, there are a variety of replacement tooth options and dental implants are one of the most advanced options. 

With a dental implant, you get a firmly anchored replacement tooth that looks and feels just like your natural teeth. And with the right care, dental implants will also last a lifetime. Eric R. Koch, DDS, offers these permanent replacement teeth right here at Advanced Dental Care of East Texas in Jasper, Texas.

To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Koch. As part of that conversation, it’s important that you let him know if you have diabetes. But does having diabetes mean you can’t get dental implants?

Here’s the truth regarding implants and diabetes

To get your dental implant, you need oral surgery. Dr. Koch implants a metal post into your jaw to serve as the root for your replacement tooth or teeth. Your jawbone then heals around the post, completing a process called osseointegration. 

But if you have diabetes, there are certain factors to consider. 

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause a range of issues when recovering from surgery. It could potentially cause your implant to fail, which means your jawbone doesn’t properly heal around the implant post. Uncontrolled diabetes also heightens your risk of infection and can slow your healing. 

That doesn’t mean, however, that people with diabetes can’t get implants. You just need to have your diabetes under control.

When people with controlled diabetes got dental implants, their success rate was just as high as people without diabetes. What’s more, the rate of complications wasn’t any higher, either. 

The truth is that you can get a dental implant with diabetes. You just need to have the condition under control. That enables your body to do the healing necessary to successfully integrate your dental implant so it can last your lifetime. 

Finding out if you’re a candidate

If you’re interested in getting a dental implant, talk to Dr. Koch. He can review your health history and evaluate your diabetes and how it impacts your oral health. Then he can determine if you’re a candidate for an implant.

Having a diabetes diagnosis shouldn’t get in the way of your smile goals. To explore your options with Dr. Koch, call our office or book your visit online today. 

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