I recently lost my first tooth. I find it quite upsetting. I’ve been told that a dental implant is the best replacement for a tooth. However, I have type 1 diabetes. Will that keep me from being a candidate?
I’m sorry you lost a tooth. I certainly understand why it is upsetting. You made a good choice in wanting to get a dental implant. They are the closest to have a healthy natural tooth. While having type 1 diabetes does not necessarily keep you from being a candidate for getting a dental implant, it is a significant risk factor.
You will need special diagnostics to help pinpoint any additional possible risk factors. You’ll also want to be certain you go to a dentist who has done extensive training in the dental implant procedure. It is a complicated, advanced procedure and your situation makes it even more complicated.
Look at some of Dr. Marion’s qualifications to get an idea of the type of dentist you want to do your dental implant procedure.
A dental implant procedure is done in two different stages. The first is the surgical stage, where the implant is placed to mimic your tooth root. The second is the restorative stage. This is where your dentist will create a dental crown to replace the tooth itself.
If you have never had a dental restoration you should know that whatever color your dentist makes it will be permanent. A dentist with good cosmetic skills will match the crown perfectly to your tooth. You’ll want to be certain your teeth are the color you want.
If you want to upgrade the brightness of your teeth, do the teeth whitening before you have the crown made. This way you can have the crown the color you will want permanently.
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