I spiraled into a depression many years ago due to a death in the family. First, I gained 200 pounds, then became diabetic. I also was horrible at taking care of other areas of my life too which lead to me developing gum disease and losing a great number of teeth. That was my wake up call. I’m trying to get my life back together. I’ve been exercising and lost the first 100 pounds. I’d really like to have my smile back and get dental implants, but have read that diabetes may be an issue.
It’s great that you’re working so hard to get things back in order. Losing 100 pounds is amazing! 98% of the time, when dealing with a skilled implant dentist the procedure is a success. But, like anything else, there are certain risk factors which have an impact on the outcome of dental implants. I’ll list out four of them.
Smoking and Dental Implants
Smoking often leads to dental implant failure because it reduces blood flow in the gums. Without that, it is harder for healing to take place. Also, smokers are much more likely to develop gum disease. You didn’t mention whether you’re a smoker or not, but this one is such a controllable factor, I needed to mention it, especially with the other two issues you’re facing.
Diabetes and Dental Implants
Uncontrollable diabetes is the biggest risk factor when it comes to dealing with your dental implants. It sounds, based on all the life changes you made that your diabetes is in control. As long as it stays that way, you should be fine.
Gum Disease and Dental Implants
This will be the trickiest issue for you. If your gum disease is already treated and gone, you won’t have a problem. But, it absolutely must be treated BEFORE getting dental implants. That’s what led to you losing teeth and will also lead to you losing the implants. So, deal with that first if you haven’t already.
Bone Loss and Dental Implants
Gum disease means you’ve lost some bone structure. You’ll need to have the bone in your jaw evaluated to make sure you still have enough to support the implants. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean you can’t move forward. It just means you’ll need to have one other procedure. If you go to an expert implant dentist, they should be familiar with bone grafting. This outpatient procedure will build back up your bone, giving you enough support for implants.
With all your hard work, you certainly deserve a gorgeous smile. So, make sure you go to an artistic cosmetic dentist to design the implant crowns for your smile.
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