Dental Implants and Diabetes

By Rafael Mercado, DDS on February 28, 2022

Tooth loss is a common problem for many people with diabetes. While there are many treatments to replace missing teeth, dental implants are a popular choice as they offer superior fit and function. 

Dental implants require surgery and are not right for everyone, including some people with diabetes. However, many people with diabetes are good candidates for dental implants. 

At Castle Hills Family Dental, Dr. Rafael Mercado answers concerns about dental implants and diabetes and identifies which Castle Hills, TX, patients would make good candidates for dental implants. To find out if dental implants are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation. 

Diabetes Can Increase Dental Implant Risks 

Although diabetes is a condition characterized by how the body processes blood sugar, its effects are widespread. When it comes to dental implants, diabetes can increase the likelihood of risks so it is important that patients with diabetes discuss their personal risk and candidacy with their dentist.

The following are some risks patients with diabetes may face and should be aware of when considering dental implant treatment.

Longer Recovery

One of the potential effects that can be of concern for individuals seeking dental implant treatment is a slower rate of healing. A slower rate of healing means that people with diabetes typically take longer to recover after dental implant surgery.

Increased Risk of Infection

Another concern for those with diabetes is an increased risk of infection after dental implant surgery. People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease, likely due to elevated sugar levels in saliva which promotes bacterial growth. Periodontal disease and bacteria increases the risk of post-surgical infection. 

Increased Risk of Implant Failure

People with diabetes are at increased risk of dental implant failure. Slower healing times and an increased risk of infection can affect osseointegration, the process in which the jawbone fuses with the dental implant, and could take longer to occur. 

Diabetes and Improving Dental Implant Success

Although diabetes can affect the success of dental implant treatment, many of our Castle Hills patients with diabetes are good candidates for dental implants. 

One of the best ways to improve the chances of success after dental implant surgery is for patients to keep their diabetes well-controlled. In other words, avoiding elevated blood sugar levels, sticking to a diabetes friendly diet, taking medications as prescribed, and following doctor recommendations. 

Other ways to help increase success rates after dental implant surgery include: 

  • Maintain good oral health to reduce bacteria in the mouth and lower the risk of infection
  • Seek treatment for periodontal disease at the earliest signs (bleeding gums when brushing or flossing)
  • Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Many people with diabetes make great candidates for dental implants. To find out if dental implants are right for you, or to learn more about this and other tooth replacement options, call our practice in Castle Hills at (210) 405-1257 to schedule a consultation