Dental Implants Bryan TX dentist Dr. Chuck Majors shares a study that proves uncontrolled diabetes patients can receive dental implants successfully.
Scientists, researchers, and dentists have wondered whether or not patients that suffer from diabetes are able to receive dental implants successfully for awhile now. Recently, Dr. Oates, DMD, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, published a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association proving that uncontrolled diabetes does not affect the success rate of dental implants. He placed dental implants in 19 patients’ mouths and after a year it was concluded that none of the dental implants had failed.
Apparently the president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Kim Dowey, DDS, was not surprised by the results of this study, claiming that she had never turned a patient away for having diabetes. “Because you’re diabetic, it could affect the collagen synthesis, and you have a higher risk of failure. Now I can say there is not a higher risk.”
The disease of diabetes can potentially and “theoretically” affect the success of dental implants through the alteration of bone formation, increases in infection risk, and the potential to weaken the effectiveness of wound healing.
In the past, studies had shown that this disease may affect the dental implants in the short-term, however, Oates explains that they tests were taken before the dental implants were even finished. In this case, Dr. Oates and his fellow colleagues tracked the dental implant health of 117 different patients with a total of 234 implants, each patient received 2 mandibular dental implants.
“The researchers categorized the patients by their glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1C) levels: The 50 patients with HbA1c levels of 5.9% or lower did not have diabetes. The 47 patients with levels between 6.0% and 8.0% had well- controlled diabetes. The 20 patients with levels of 8.1% or more had poorly controlled diabetes. At baseline, the highest HbA1c level was 11.1% and the highest level recorded during the study was 13.3%.”
The patients were assessed at 3, 6, and 12 months after the implantation and it was recorded that the 110 patients that were available for the follow-up passed a 98.9% of successful dental implantation after a year.
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Clearly, this study shows that these patients were able to maintain and receive dental implants successfully despite their diseased complication. All patients should consider the benefits of dental implants, like their ability to reinvent the alveolar bone that holds teeth in place, increase the density of the teeth and prevent gum disease effectively. Dental implants can bring better dental and oral health and possess the potential to last a lifetime, with proper care.
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We hope this information helped those that suffer from this disease understand that they can receive dental implants successfully. Whether patients have diabetes or not, they should consider the life- changing benefits of dental implants immediately. If you are interested in receiving these, call us today at (979) 341-9477.