Can you have oral implants if you have diabetes? A guide to implant types you may be suited to

You may have heard that to have oral implants fitted successfully, you have to be in perfect health at the time of fitting.

You may have also heard that if you have any underlying medical conditions, you will not be a suitable candidate for oral implants.

While there is some truth to both of these statements, do not despair. Many dental patients who have underlying chronic conditions can have implants fitted successfully – they are just rarely the traditional endosteal implant!

In this article, one of the most common underlying conditions seen in the UK, diabetes will be discussed and how cosmetic surgeons can fit dental implants in Stockton for those who have it. Enjoy!

Diabetes; can it affect oral implants?

First things first, the underlying question needs exploring- why is diabetes so detrimental to dental implants from Stockton? It is poorly managed diabetes that is an issue with these prosthetic fittings; as those with diabetes can take longer to heal from wounds, there is a higher chance of developing an infection. So if you are diabetic and you are having dental implants by Stockton fitted, the implants may take longer to merge. Luckily, there are ways around this!

All on 4 implants

If you have both your upper and lower set of teeth missing, it may be possible for your dentist to offer you all on 4 implants.

As the name suggests, this option involves the fitting of 4 implants (2 top, 2 bottom) and the prosthetic dentures being attached to these. This maximises your jaw bone and allows for minimal implants to be fitted, allowing for a drastically shorter healing time. Remember, the fitting of an implant is at the discretion of your dentist, so make sure that they can offer the implant type you want.

Mini implants

This is a popular type of implant for those who have thin jawbones or diabetes.

Why? Because it is less invasive than the fitting of regular endosteal implants; minimal surgery equates to minimal healing!

However, when it comes to mini implants, you may find that they need more check-ups from your dentist than other options; as they are not fitted as deeply into the jaw, they run a higher risk of rejection or failing altogether.

Luckily, they are easily replaced if that happens!

Subperiosteal implants

An interesting take on the traditional endosteal, subperiosteal implants is composed of a metal framework and posts to attach the prosthetic teeth. Very cool!

But unlike regular implants, they are not fitted into the jaw; they are placed underneath the gum and above the jaw. Surprisingly, this is less invasive than the traditional implant fitting and offers a faster recuperation time! As no fusing between an implant and your jaw is required, this is not only a time-saving option, but it is also suited for people who have thin jaw bone and can be suited to patients who have diabetes. Once again, make sure you approach a dentist who has experience of fitting this implant type.