Dental Implants for the Diabetic
Q: I have diabetes and need several dental implants. I heard that there could be problems of infection and failure of the implants. Is this an issue?
A: Now going into my 30th year of practice, I noticed on patients’ medical histories, the list of their diseases and medications has been growing to biblical proportions. No joke: When I came to Palm Beach in 1992 after practicing on Central Park West in Manhattan, the retiring dentist’s medical history form read: “Health: __good, __fair, __Poor. Please check one.” Honest.
Following any type of dental surgical procedures on diabetics, we want to avoid delayed healing and infection, leading to implant failure. The best approach I find with my patients, as we place over 200 implants each year, is to perform a no-cut, or flapless approach. Think of it as the laparoscopic approach to dental implant surgery; no incision, no flaps, no scalpel and no sutures. This leads to less post op pain, swelling and faster healing. We will show great slides of this procedure which we perform on almost all of our implant cases at our next seminar on the 16th of March; details below.
In the winter issue of the European Journal of Oral Implantology (Complete with photos of doctors wearing sandals with white socks and Speedos), a study by Agrawal MDS, showed that: “…..diabetic patients undergoing flapless implant surgery experienced less pain and swelling postoperatively….”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Join us Friday March 16th, 11:30 AM at the Double Tree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens on PGA Blvd for 2018 Implant Update. A multimedia presentation that will cover, Implants, bone grafts, sinus lifts, cosmetic veneers, digital, no-goop impressions, ouch-less electronic injections, and how to evaluate an office to see if it is hi-tech for you and your family. All attendees receive a copy of my book: “Tooth Talk-What Educated Dental Patients Need to Know about 21st Century Dental Treatment.” Only 15 seats remain! Call or email us today to register: 561-832-2917, firstname.lastname@example.org