I am a diabetic. Am i suitable for dental implants for my missing tooth/teeth?

Many a times we wonder that I have systemic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and thyroid. And then that question comes. Am i suitable for dental implants? Any healthy individual with controlled common diseases like diabetes, hypertension or thyroid can be good candidates for dental implant if their physician consents for the same.

Why should i think about dental implants as my tooth replacement option?

Implants can be life changing experiences in the most positive state of mind for people with multiple missing teeth. Whether it be missing front or back teeth, the transformation that happens is phenomenal as the fixed front teeth gives you not just a confident smile but improves your conversation quotient as well. And the back teeth just give you the advantage to relish all your favorite fruits in the right manner as you please.

Dr. Nikhil Girdhar often emphasizes that “Eating properly and Smiling Openly increases your survival age by minimum 10 years”.

What is a dental implant?

Implants are the closest and best tooth replacement to the natural teeth around the globe. Not just the best option but they are the most long lasting tooth replacement option also. It gives you the freedom to get rid of your ill fitting dentures or bridges and improves your oral hygiene significantly. It is a boon to all those patients who want fixed treatment options in single, multiple or full mouth replacement of teeth.

Implants are absolutely inert material i.e. they do not react to your body at all until and unless you have severe allergy to specific group of metal such as titanium which is extremely rare condition.

What are the medical conditions for which dental implant is not the right option to replace a missing tooth?

Only the people with following medical history are not the right candidates for dental implant procedures

  • Recent myocardial infarction
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Valvular prosthesis surgery
  • Immunosuppression
  • Bleeding issues
  • Active treatment of malignancy
  • Drug abuse
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Intravenous bisphosphonate

Any of these conditions bar elective oral surgery, and require judicious monitoring by the physician as well as the dental provider.

So to summarize the answer to the question- Am i suitable for dental implants?

Every healthy individual with the right amount of bone is suitable for dental implants. Even if you are a diabetic, chances are that you can get the dental implant done if your diabetes is not uncontrolled.