I have Type 1 diabetes and wanted to get a dental implant for a tooth I am losing. My dentist suggested that I get a bridge instead because diabetes is a contraindication for dental implants. I just wanted to double check that a dental bridge is my best option. Money isn’t an issue.
I want to “correct” something your dentist said. Diabetes is not a contraindication for dental implants. However, it is a big risk factor. My guess is your dentist said that because he is not comfortable placing them. Do not pressure him to do it. If he is hesitant, he does not have the skill set you need.
Look for a dentist with post-doctoral dental implant training and a high success rate. It will be important that you have all pre-procedural diagnostics done, including a CT scan. These are important not just for proper placement of the implants but to ensure that you have enough bone to retain the implants. This is imperative for a successful outcome. You will also need extra precautions throughout the procedure.
If the dentist needs to refer you to an oral surgeon for the implant placement, it is very important that the dentist is the one who determines the placement of the dental implants and not the dentist. Do not let the oral surgeon tell you otherwise.
Follow those precautions and you should be fine.
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