Have you held off on dental implants because you have uncontrolled diabetes? According to a recent study, dental implants were found to be safe for patients with uncontrolled diabetes.
The study looked at patients with uncontrolled diabetes who had implants. None of the implants failed after a year, and there was no association between elevated blood sugar and implant complications.
Diabetes was historically considered a possible risk factor for the placement of dental implants. That is because diabetes alters bone formation and compromises wound healing, among other issues. This study found that dental implants could be placed safely in patients despite these factors.
Earlier studies suggested that dental implants are less stable in people with uncontrolled diabetes. However, those were short duration studies. In comparison, this more recent study followed 117 patients with 234 implants, and followed up with the patients at 3, 6 and 12 months after implant restoration.
The ability to use implants is positive news for those with uncontrolled diabetes, as it may allow those individuals to eat a healthier diet, which could in turn help with their diabetes.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.