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Concerns for Diabetic Patients Who Need Dentures

By Dr. Damon on September 21, 2015

An older woman smilingHere at Texas Denture Clinic, our team always wants to make sure that our patients receive the best care possible. This means crafting the finest custom dentures that function just like natural teeth in the Fort Worth area. Whether removable or supported by dental implants, you can count on us for quality and sound dental health advice.

We've noticed that a number of concerns arise with regard to diabetic patients with dentures. Let's cover a few of those concerns right now.

Dentures May Be Likely for Patients with Diabetes

People who suffer from diabetes are likely to require dentures later in life due to the likelihood of tooth loss. Dentures can help patients smile with confidence and eat their favorite foods again, though patients who have diabetes experience a number of serious health problems that may impact their suitability for traditional dentures.

Three Key Dental Problems Linked to Diabetes

There are three key dental problems that many people with diabetes experience:

  • Gum Disease – Gum disease is the bacterial infection of a patient's gum tissue. When this happens, it causes the gums to be sore and irritated, to recede, and to experience a number of other serious health problems. This can lead to the exposure of the jawbone when the recession is very severe.

  • Bone Loss – Bone loss refers to the slow deterioration of the bone density in the jaw area. When this occurs, it can make your dentures not fit as securely as they used to.

  • Dry Mouth – Many people who suffer from diabetes are more likely to also suffer from dry mouth. When there is little or no moisture in the mouth, it can make gum disease worse, and also lead to uncomfortable sores on the gum tissue.

What These Problems Mean in Terms of Dental Health and Dentures

If patients are diabetic and experience any of the above conditions, they are more likely to have trouble wearing dentures or having dentures that fit properly. Because of this, patients with diabetes should be mindful of their blood sugar and aware of any symptoms of gum disease should they arise.

Patients with diabetes may need to have their dentures replaced periodically to ensure proper fit and proper function. Be mindful of any issues you experience with regard to your dental health and overall wellness.

Implant-Supported Dentures: An Ideal Option for Me?

Given the issues with bone loss and gum recession/disease associated with diabetes, some patients wonder if getting implant-supported dentures would be a more ideal option than removable dentures.

While dental implants do help prevent bone loss and gum recession, the additional risks with regard to infection and diabetes are worth considering. Oral surgery is required for placing dental implants, and some diabetic patients may be at significant risk of infection.

All matters related to your total dental health and wellness can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to the practice. We will be sure to go over these matters in full so you can make confident choices about your dental health needs.

Learn More About Getting Dentures and How They Can Help You

For more information about your dental care options, it's important that you contact our dental care center today. The team here at Texas Denture Clinic looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your dental health goals.

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