Dental implants are among today's most restorative options for replacing missing teeth. Unfortunately, if you have diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, the rate of dental implant failure or complications can be higher than someone who is non-diabetic. This is because with diabetes, you have high chances of developing gum disease, which affects the healing process. In addition, diabetes will alter your body's natural healing process and can raise the chances of developing post-implant/post-surgical infections or complications. However, this does not mean that you can't benefit from dental implants just because you are diabetic. Here is what you should know about the things that can increase your dental implant success rate.
The Type of Diabetes That You Are Suffering From
The type of diabetes that you are suffering from is very important in determining the success rate of your dental implants. In fact, it's among the first things you should discuss with your dentist. If you have Type 2 diabetes, the success rate of your dental implants could be high. This is because unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes tends to be more treatable and controllable, meaning that any complications or infections can be prevented or dealt with more easily.
The Success Rate of Any Oral Surgery That You Have Had In The Past
Have you ever had an oral surgery in the past? If so, how successful was it? This can help predict the chances of your dental implant surgery being successful. Since diabetes leads to longer healing times, the success of your past oral surgeries will help your dentist understand or predict how you will handle a dental implant procedure as well as the healing part of it.
The Length of Time That You've Been Suffering from Diabetes
If you have been suffering from diabetes for a relatively short period or perhaps you've just been diagnosed recently, your dental implants have a higher chance of being successful than if you've been suffering from it for several years. This is because with shorter periods of suffering from diabetes, controlling the disease as well as its symptoms can be much easier.
The Number of Adjoining Implants That Are To Be Placed In Your Jawbone
If you have multiple adjoining implants being placed, there are high chances that the implants may fail or develop complications. This is because the larger the number of dental implants placed next to or adjacent to each other, the larger the wound will be and the longer it may take to heal.
Remember that the success rate for your dental implants can be the same as for someone without diabetes. However, this will require a little more wound care as well as proper management of your condition.