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Diabetes and Dentistry

Diabetes is a disorder in which sugars from your diet are not transported into your cells where they are needed. Over time, the disease causes defects in the smaller blood vessels. Classic diabetic problems are blindness, loss of circulation in extremities, and proclivity toward angina and heart disease. In dentistry we see delayed wound healing, periodontal (gum and bone) disease that is less responsive to aggressive therapy, and greater chance of infection after dental procedures. Most diabetics require greater attention to their home care and more frequent visits to the hygienist. Dental implant surgery has a lower success rate in diabetics, which must be understood during the treatment planning phase.