I need to get three teeth replaced. Can you get dental implants if you have diabetes?
Alex R.- Rhode Island
To get dental implants with diabetes you need to have metabolic control, but it is possible. The failure rate of dental implants in diabetes patients is about 6%. However, there were generally extenuating circumstances such as smoking or their diabetes not being under control that factored into the failure.
Get a comprehensive medical exam. Make sure your diabetes is completely under control. If you are a smoker, it is ideal if you can completely stop smoking. If that is not possible, I would quit for the duration of the surgery and recovery . It will also be important to have a ten day supply of antibiotics. Begin taking them the day of surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
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