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YoucanStillhaveImplantswithDiabetes-ifyouhaveitunderControl

If you're one of the more than 26 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, you know first hand how the disease impacts your life. That includes your dental health — and whether or not implants are a good tooth replacement option for you.

Diabetes is actually the name for a group of diseases affecting how your body processes glucose, a simple sugar that provides energy for the body's cells. The level of glucose in the blood is regulated by insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Diabetes causes the pancreas to either stop producing insulin (Type 1) or not produce enough (Type 2). Also in Type 2, the body can become unresponsive to the insulin produced.

The implications for either type are serious and can be life-threatening. If glucose levels are chronically too low or high the patient could eventually go blind, suffer nerve damage, or develop kidney disease. Diabetes also interferes with wound healing and creates a greater susceptibility for gangrene: diabetics thus have a higher risk for losing fingers, toes and limbs, and can even succumb to coma or death.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. Fortunately, most people with this type can effectively manage it through diet, exercise and regular glucose monitoring; if need be, prescription medication can help regulate their levels. Even so, diabetics with their disease under control must still be alert to slower wound healing and a higher risk of infection.

Because implant placement is a minor surgical procedure, the aspects of diabetes related to healing, infection and inflammation could have an adverse impact on the ultimate success of the placement. Implant surgery creates a wound in the surrounding gum tissues and bone that will need to heal; the body's immune response in a diabetic can interfere with that process. And if infection sets in, the risks of implant failure increase.

But research has shown that diabetics with good glucose management have as high a success rate (over 95% after ten years) as non-diabetic patients. That means the implant option is a viable one for you as a diabetic — but only if you have your disease under control.

If you would like more information on the relationship between dental implants and other health conditions, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By David J. Campbell DDS
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently affect your smile. Dental implants not only replace your missing tooth, but also restore your abilitydental implants to chew normally. David J. Campbell, D.D.S., your White Lake, MI, dentist, is here to explain how dental implants can benefit you.

Dental implants offer a long-lasting solution to tooth loss

Dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement option that replaces your entire tooth from root to crown. Bridges and dentures only extend to your gum line and must usually be replaced several times during your lifetime. Because your implant bonds to the bone in your jaw, it will probably never have to be replaced.

Your dentist will place a crown on top of the implant once the bonding process is complete, a process that takes about three to six months. The crown is an artificial tooth that is placed above the gum line.

Implants offer unparalleled comfort

Gum irritation can be a problem if bridges or dentures don't fit perfectly. Because your crown is securely fastened to your implant, it feels just like your natural tooth. You'll never have to worry about gum pain when you bite into a piece of food with an implant.

Dental implants improve your self-confidence

Because society places so much emphasis on a perfect smile, it's only natural to feel a little disappointed when you have a gap after tooth loss. Your self-confidence will get a much-needed boost when you replace your missing tooth with a dental implant.

Implants provide oral health benefits

The loss of one tooth may seem inconsequential, but losing your tooth can affect your oral health. Over time, your jawbone becomes weaker and thinner because it no longer is stimulated by your tooth. Jawbone deterioration can lead to facial sagging and even the loss of some of your other teeth over time. The teeth surrounding your gap may also become crooked and overlap, making it impossible to remove cavity-causing plaque. Dental implants help you avoid these serious oral health problems.

Dental implants offer an excellent way to restore your smile. Call David J. Campbell, D.D.S., your White Lake, MI, dentist, at (248) 887-8387 to find out if a dental implant is a good choice for you. Transform your smile with implants!


By David J. Campbell DDS
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
NewFrontTeethforaTeenagedDavidDuchovny

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”