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Dental Implants or Dentures: What is best for diabetics?

Diabetics often develop oral health complications including gum disease and infection. These dental issues affect the teeth and gums and can destroy bone and gum tissue holding teeth in place, eventually leading to tooth loss. Dentures or dental implants can be considered a solution to replace missing teeth, but which dental care method is best? Learn how blood glucose management can improve oral health and the difference between dental implants and dentures when it comes to dental care solutions for diabetics.

Dental Care Options for Diabetics
The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states oral health is integral to general health, well being and quality of life. Poor glucose control and diabetes management can lead to periodontitis, which in turn can continue to negatively impact blood glucose (sugar) levels. Poorly managed diabetes can increase complications with oral health and recovery after surgeries, making it harder for the body to heal and the jaw bone to grow around an implant and hold it in place.  

In order to determine the best dental care solution, each diabectic patient is evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if their overall health and age complies with our dental implant guidelines. Although Type 1 diabetes is more difficult to control, diabetics who have a proven history of healing, are not at high risk for post implant infection and whose health is in compliance with our implant guidelines could be considered good candidates for dental implants. Individuals in poor health or those considered to have jawbone complications will be advised against a dental implant procedure due to the risk of healing time required and post-implant recovery. In this instance, dentures are the perfect option, along with a proper daily oral health and denture care routine.  Three Rivers Dental is the proud provider of Comfy Fit Premium, Flexi Fit Partial Dentures, and Snap Fit Dentures. We offer 8 styles of full and partial dentures to assure you a wide range of comfortable and affordable denture options.

Daily Denture Care and Diabetes
Many diabetics find themselves struggling with the loss of their teeth as they age. Diabetics must properly manage blood glucose levels daily to prevent further oral health and wellness complications. The American Diabetes Association recommends a good daily dental care routine for teeth and gums, along with regular checkups every six months. To relieve dry mouth and control the fungal infection thrush, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and remove and clean dentures daily. 

Dental Implants for Diabetics
Diabetics with controlled glucose levels may be candidates for dental implants, but could still require special pre and post-implant care following the dental implant procedure to minimize complications. According to a 2019 Quality Assessment of Systematic Reviews regarding dental implant placement on diabetic patients, evidence of recent studies suggest dental implant therapy is a safe option for oral rehabilitation in diabetic patients, since it extends the life of surrounding teeth, improves nutrition and metabolic control. After a complete oral exam with xrays, your dentist will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They are colored to naturally match existing teeth and designed to fuse with bone to become permanent. Three Rivers Dental offers a multi-implant discount. When you have two or more implants, you get your first implant FREE! You can have amazing teeth in ONE day!

Our dental offices are using best practices to ensure both staff and patient safety as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a diabetic considering dentures or dental implants, contact Three Rivers Dental today for an oral health evaluation and dental care recommendation tailored to your individual needs. Call 1 (855) 4 NO FEARS or schedule an appointment on our website. We are conveniently located throughout the Pittsburgh area in Greentree, Cranberry, Greensburg, and Jennerstown.