I have type 1 diabetes and lost a couple of teeth. That had more to do with a fight I was in than my diabetes. I want to replace them with dental implants. My dentist said, I am not a good candidate for implants because of my diabetes. Is this accurate. Are there any special procedures I can do to make it possible?
While being a diabetic is not automatically a contraindication for diabetes, it is a complication and would require some expertise and additional care. Your dentist’s hesitation tells me he is not comfortable placing dental implants. In order to not allow his patient to lose confidence in him, he instead says it is not possible with your diabetes. If you want dental implants, you can get them, but I recommend you do not pressure him to do so. I would instead find a dentist with some post-doctoral training in implants as well as a great deal of experience.
You will also need to do extra diagnostics along the way. I would not skimp on these, especially the CT scan. It will be important for the dentist to have an accurate “map” of the terrain so he or she will need a 3-dimensional layout. This should be done in every case, but it is imperative with yours.
Cosmetic Consideration with Dental Implants
Your dentist can match the implant crown exactly to your tooth color. However, once the color is made and the crown completed the color is permanent. If you are happy with the current color of your teeth, than there should be no issue with you going forward. However, if you are considering teeth whitening, it will be beneficial for your to do it before your implant crown as well.
It saves you money in the long run. If you get the crown first and then later decide to whiten your teeth, your natural teeth will whiten but the crown will remain the original color. You would then have to replace the crown in order to get it to match your whiter teeth.
If the implants are on back teeth, then you won’t have to worry about the whitening either way.
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