I need to replace a tooth due to an injury and my dentist said because I am a diabetic I am not a candidate. I wasn’t aware that diabetes was a contraindication for dental implants and I’m pretty sad. I guess I could get a dental bridge, but just wanted to get a second opinion on the topic before settling.
I have good news for you! Being a diabetic does not mean you cannot get dental implants. What it does mean is the following:
- You are at a higher risk for dental implant failure as well as other complications.
- You will need extensive diagnostics done. I would not skimp on any of them. In fact, make certain your dentist includes a CT scan.
- You will want a dentist with extensive post-doctoral training in dental implants. Just dental school is not enough.
- Make sure your dentist is committed to doing extra care throughout the procedure to keep an eye on how things are going.
Why Did Your Dentist Say No to Dental Implants
If you are able to get a dental implant, why did your dentist try to dissuade you from the procedure? In my experience, when I dentist tries to convince a patient to not get what is considered by dentists to be the superior treatment option, it is because they are not really qualified to do the procedure but don’t want their patient to know that. Instead, they steer you toward something they feel more comfortable doing.
Do not pressure him into doing this procedure. You are better off going to a different dentist, even if it is just for this one procedure.
Bottom line— you can get a dental implant, just pick the dentist carefully.
This blog is brought to you by East Cobb Dentist Dr. Cristi Cheek.