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Around one in ten U.S. adults have diabetes, a metabolic disease that can disrupt other aspects of a person's health like wound healing and vision. It could also cause complications with dental implants, the premier replacement choice for missing teeth.
There are two basic types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to regulate the amount of sugar glucose in the bloodstream. With the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't respond efficiently to the insulin produced.
Uncontrolled diabetes can contribute to several dangerous health conditions. In addition to vision impairment and poor wound healing, diabetics are at higher risk for other problems like kidney disease or nerve damage. Drastic swings in blood glucose levels can also cause coma or death.
Many diabetics, though, are able to manage their condition through diet, exercise, medications and regular medical care. Even so, they may still encounter problems with wound healing, which could complicate getting a dental implant.
An implant is composed of a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone. Because of its affinity with titanium, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's metal surface. Several weeks after implant surgery, enough bone growth occurs to fully secure the implant within the jaw.
But this integration process may be slower for diabetics because of sluggish wound healing. It's possible for integration to not fully occur in diabetic patients after implant surgery, increasing the risk of eventually losing the implant.
Fortunately, though, evidence indicates this not to be as great a concern as once thought. A number of recent group studies comparing diabetic and non-diabetic implant patients found little difference in outcomes—both groups had similar success rates (more than 95 percent).
The only exception, though, were diabetic patients with poor glucose control, who had much slower bone integration that posed a threat to a successful implant outcome. If you're in this situation, it's better if you're first able to better control your blood glucose levels before you undergo surgery.
So, while diabetes is something to factor into your implant decision, your chances remain good for a successful outcome. Just be sure you're doing everything you can to effectively manage your diabetes.
If you would like more information on diabetes and dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Diabetes.”
Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.
But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.
There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.
This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.
But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.
It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.
And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.
Missing teeth are embarrassing. They impact your self-esteem and your overall health. Dr. Scott Stone of Smile by Stone Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides his Lansing, MI, patients with several tooth-replacement options, including dental implants.
What are dental implants?
They are titanium posts that replace missing tooth roots and one of their added benefits is there's no worry of tissue rejection because the post is biocompatible.
Your dentist removes remnants of the tooth and inserts the titanium post after using a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort. The dentist seals the surgical area and allows the post to fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, which takes about 3-to-6 months. You must regularly visit your Lansing, MI, dentist to ensure everything is going according to plan as you heal.
The final step in the process is a connector is placed over the implant and a crown that matches your teeth goes over it.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants have a 95% success rate and reinforce your jawbone. They prevent bone deterioration that results in premature aging, and look and feel like natural teeth. No one will know it's a prosthetic tooth.
Dental implants also restore your smile and improve your ability to eat and speak. They're easily maintained and are fixed in place, unlike other oral appliances.
How To Care For Your Dental Implants
Caring for dental implants is actually quite easy. You care for them like you would natural teeth. Brush and floss every day, and avoid sugary foods and beverages. Use fluoride-containing toothpaste and rinse with mouthwash. Drinking plenty of water is very helpful as well. It washes away food debris that may otherwise stick in between teeth and cause decay.
Would you like to speak with a dentist?
If you'd like to learn more about dental implants, if you're a good candidate for the procedure, and what it takes to care for them, then contact Dr. Stone of Smile by Stone Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Just give his Lansing, MI, office a call at (517) 482-5546.
Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.
In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.
Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.
Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.
If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.
The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.
Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.
Here at Smile By Stone in Lansing, MI, Dr. Scott Stone commonly uses dental implants to give patients back their smiles—read on to learn some of their benefits.
We can all agree that it is hard to flash an award-winning smile when you have missing teeth, right? One of the obvious, but often overlooked, benefits of dental implants is that they help improve your appearance. Not only by giving you that beautiful smile but also by preserving your jawbone and preventing its deterioration.
Likewise, did you know that your teeth are hugely responsible for stimulating the growth of your jawbone? When you lose your teeth, the stimulation stops, and your facial structure will begin to sag. The weakening of the jawbone also puts the rest of your natural teeth in danger as the bone starts to dissolve. This can give your face an appearance that it is caving in.
Dental implants provide this unique benefit when used as a restorative solution for missing front teeth. Their natural appearance also allows them to blend with your real teeth making them almost undetectable.
Titanium is the strongest known alloy today. With that being said, it follows that since the post used for your implants is made from titanium, you can be sure that your teeth replacement is equally strong. This means that dental implants give you the benefit of being able to eat virtually anything you want.
While being fused to the jawbone and made from the strongest alloy gives it strength, whether it lasts a lifetime is still entirely up to you. If you observe proper oral hygiene, go to regular checkups/cleanings with your dentist in Lansing, MI, and take care of your dental implants properly, you can be assured that they will permanently remain in your mouth. After you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, your implants will still be firmly in place.
Keeps Natural Teeth Healthy
Unlike other restorative dental solutions that require grinding down of the natural teeth or putting pressure on the adjacent teeth, dental implants only deal with the problematic tooth. It does not have a metal framework that can shift and possibly injure your teeth and gums. By sparing your natural teeth from all these traumas, it remains healthy. Dental implants also allow you to keep your oral hygiene routine so you can keep all your teeth in optimum health.
For More Information About Dental Implants, Reach Out to Us
Book your appointment with Dr. Scott Stone of Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI, by dialing (517) 482-5546.