Controlled Type 2 Diabetes Increases Success of Dental Implants

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is quickly becoming an epidemic in America. This disease affects millions of Americans; even the rich and famous.  Just last week it was announced on the news that Food Network’s Southern queen of comfort cuisine, Paula Deen has finally admitted to having Type 2 Diabetes.

So what does this mean for the woman who has built an empire on fatty foods fried in butter and grease?  Well, it means that she will have to do what every type 2 diabetic does and keep her blood glucose levels under control. In order to achieve this, Ms. Dean will now have to change her diet, increase her exercise, and most likely take prescription medications that help with her type 2 diabetes.

Since type 2 diabetics with poorly controlled blood glucose levels are more susceptible to develop periodontal disease, it is also very important that Ms. Dean takes good care of her teeth.  Again, by keeping her blood glucose levels under control, brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and visiting her dentist every six months.

Unfortunately, if a type 2 diabetic develops periodontal disease, this becomes a two-edged sword because the periodontal disease may in fact affect their ability to control blood glucose levels, which then excels the progression of diabetes.

Additionally, if tooth loss occurs in a type 2 diabetic with poorly controlled blood glucose levels, replacing those teeth with dental implants is not advisable because of higher risks and complications including impaired healing and bone loss.

However, the good news is that research studies have shown that diabetics with controlled blood glucose levels are in fact able to successfully have dental implants procedures conducted by an implant dentist like Dr. Andrew Hall at his Colorado Springs dental office .  After one year, the patients in the study did not show any signs of bleeding or other problems.

Therefore, if you are a type 2 diabetic with controlled glucose levels and are interested in dental implants, call and make an appointment for a free consultation with Colorado Springs implant dentist Dr. Andrew Hall.  He and his trained staff can help you achieve the smile you desire.





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