Monthly Archives: September 2013

Dental Implants and Diabetes

Can I get dental implants if I have type 1 diabetes?

Henry- Lincoln, Nebraska

Henry,

You can generally get dental implants even with type 1 diabetes, but you need to be aware it is a real risk factor for implant failure. Extra care needs to be taken at each step. You don’t want just your average dentist to do your implants. You’ll want to find a skilled implant dentist with a lot of post graduate training.

There is one other thing to be aware of.  Some dentists do th surgery themselves, and others will send you somewhere to have the surgical part of the procedure done. If he sends you to a surgeon for the first part of the procedure, make sure they are communicating carefully.

There have been horror stories of patients who had the surgery done, paid the surgeon and then found out he  placed the implants in the wrong place.

This blog is brought to you by Liberyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.

Tooth Pain

If you’re in pain, is it OK to call an emergency dentist if it isn’t really an emergency?

Name Withheld

Well, I guess it depends on the severity of the pain.  If you’re just uncomfortable and can make it until you can get an appointment with your regular dentist, than it wouldn’t really justify going to see an emergency dentist.

If, however, you are in a lot of pain and it is causing you difficulty in your daily life, then that would be considered an emergency. I would go ahead and contact an emergency dentist.

Often, tooth pain is a symptom of something worse. You could have a tooth infection, which is in need of a root canal treatment.  You don’t want to put off your dental care, because you could end up with a more serious problem that will call for invasive treatments.  If you go early enough, the treatment is generally much easier.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.