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Dental Implants and Diabetes: What You Need to Know
Unfortunately, there are more than 26 million people who suffer from diabetes in the US. This number continues to rise and fluctuate, but the prevalence of the condition is at a high. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes the body to have trouble processing glucose. It is important that all glucose levels are controlled and daily, your body regulates the levels with insulin. The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin in the body.
When your body is unable to produce insulin or regulate it, then you will experience dangerous levels of glucose in the body and this can lead to serious complications.
Type I diabetes is less common than Type II and occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that release insulin. This will eventually eliminate insulin production from the body. Such condition is controlled through the use of insulin injections, when needed, and close monitoring of your overall blood glucose levels. Type II diabetes is the most common and occurs in individuals when the body cannot make enough insulin, or it is unable to respond to the amount of insulin that is produced.
Over times, both types of diabetes can lead to serious complications such as gangrene, nerve damage, kidney disease, and blindness. Changes in glucose levels that go untreated can lead to coma and death in individuals. Those who have their diabetes under control, do not generally experience these types of complications.
If you think that you may have diabetes, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider. There are tests that can be performed to identify your current blood glucose levels. Many individuals who have diabetes have learned to manage their condition via a healthier diet, avoidance of certain foods, monitoring their blood glucose levels, and exercising. Sometimes, prescription medication is needed, and some individuals will need to have insulin injections.
While diabetes can be properly managed, it is important to understand that diabetes can cause poor healing. This is often why patients wonder whether or not dental implants will work. Let’s take a deeper look.
Diabetes and How It Affects Healing in Individuals
Diabetics tend to experience problems when it comes to healing and their entire healing process may be reduced. They are also much more infection-prone than non-diabetics. When a diabetic experiences high glucose levels, damage can occur to their blood vessels and this is often believed to be one of the main reasons why healing is slowed down. Stiff or narrow blood vessels can reduce the blood circulation you receive to your toes, eyes, fingers, kidneys, and even the gums in your mouth.
In addition to low blood flow, elevated blood sugar levels within the body can lead to the way your body responds to inflammation. One of the first steps in any wound healing process is inflammation and if the body is slow to respond, it can lead to further complications. Inflammation in diabetics can become problematic because it can become chronic and then lead to tissue damage.
Dr. Steve S. Kim wants you to know that dental implant placement is considered minor surgery and because of this, dental implants are very appropriate and successful for diabetics. Over the years, there have been numerous studies performed that talk about implant surgery for teeth with both non-diabetics and diabetics. The results of these tests are extremely positive and show that dental implants can be great for diabetic patients as well.
People with diabetes can receive dental implants and do not have to avoid them when they choose tooth replacement options. The benefits of the implants definitely outweigh the possibility that they may not be successful. It is important that patients with controlled blood glucose levels receive the implants as uncontrolled levels may present with some problems.
As with anything, it is important that you work closely with Dr. Kim to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Good glucose levels are important for diabetic patients to avoid serious complications. Individuals who do have diabetes should work with both Dr. Kim and their health care provider for the best results. If you would like to speak with Dr. Kim or you would like to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact Dr. Steve S. Kim, DDS today to schedule an appointment in our Torrance, CA office.