November is American Diabetes Month, and at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we’re dedicated to helping our patients manage how these diseases affect their oral health. People with diabetes have higher rates of periodontal disease than other people, which means they may wind up needing prosthetic teeth.
Gingivitis and its advanced form, periodontal disease, result from bacteria eating sugar stuck to the teeth. People with elevated blood sugar are at worse risk of developing gingivitis, and people with periodontal disease tend to experience more bouts of uncontrolled blood sugar. In the worst cases, they lose teeth as a result, but doctors historically questioned whether they were good candidates for implants. Diabetes causes wounds, including the surgical incisions necessary for implant placement, to heal more slowly, and inflammation was believed to harm implants. However, newly collected data published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that people with uncontrolled diabetes do not suffer unusually high rates of implant failure. They may take longer to heal from incisions and case-by-case consultations are always necessary, but it looks like people with diabetes can benefit from prosthodontics.
Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.