I have type 1 diabetes and have a couple of missing teeth. I was hoping to replace them with dental implants. However, my dentist feels my diabetes means I am not a good candidate for implants. Is there any way I can get them if I have some special procedures done?
Being a diabetic will not keep you from getting dental implants if you are otherwise in good health. However, you need to be aware that it is a complicating factor. I recommend you have extra diagnostics done and have your dentist keep a closer eye on things as the procedure moves forward than he or she may otherwise do. In your case, especially, I would consider a CT scan a must in preparation for this procedure.
That being said, I would not pressure your dentist to do this. He is obviously uncomfortable with it and you will want a dentist with real expertise in this; not someone who is out of their comfort zone. You can stay with your dentist for your regular care, but I suggest you find a different dentist to do the dental implants.
Form and Function with Dental Implants
You didn’t mention where the missing teeth are. If they are visible when you smile, you will not only want a dentist with experience in dental implants, but also one who can create beautiful implant crowns for you that will seamlessly match the adjacent teeth. The easiest way to find an artistic cosmetic dentist is to look for one who is AACD accredited. These dentists have passed stringent exams as well as demonstrated their artistry to an examination board.
Another consideration is the color. While your implant crown can be made any color, once it is made the color is permanent. If you are happy with the current color of your teeth, than I would not worry about it. However, if you are considering getting your teeth whitened at some point, the best time to do that is before you have your dental implants done. This way your porcelain crown can be made with the color you will want to stay with.
Otherwise, after you whiten your teeth, the crown will have to be re-done in order to match your new brighter color. It saves you money to do it ahead of time.
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