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Stay Current With Research When Weighing Surgery For Dental Implants

Since the body can reject dental implants, a dentist must determine a patient's viability as a candidate for the procedure. If you are someone who suffers from a condition leaving you a perceived weak candidate, do not automatically assume your situation is hopeless. Effective research continually helps expand the chances of success even for someone who isn't the optimal candidate. Researching news about implants and avoiding prescribing to myths is advised for anyone wondering about viability for the procedure.

Recent Study Presents Good News for Diabetics

An example of why you should stay current on dental news is found in recent research performed by the University of Texas. The study focused on the impact of diabetes on dental implant candidates with the results being published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

In the past, people who suffered from diabetes were considered very poor candidates for dental implants. Diabetes affects collagen synthesis, which is necessary for bone grafting to take place. The study reveals this assessment is not accurate. Diabetes does not undermine the grafting of bone to the titanium dental implants at all.

Not all conventional wisdom is correct. So, follow some advice when considering undergoing implant surgery

Fact Check Any Negative News

When you read about a prohibiting factor to implants, be sure to perform a fact check by researching a report's accuracy. Unless information comes from a credible source, consider it suspect. Musings about personal experiences on a message board might be a patient's honest assessment about what he/she went through, but the statements are not as valuable as information published in a credible, peer-reviewed journal.

Do Not Focus on the Negativity of Percentages

Reports about the success or failure of particular candidates have a tendency to focus heavily on percentages of outcomes.

Research could indicate a particular medical condition or lifestyle makes a person, say, 40% less likely to experience a successful outcome. A 40% rejection rate is nothing to ignore, but it is far more positive to also look at the 60% success rate.

This way, you do not avoid contacting a dentist due to the false assumption the procedure is guaranteed to be a disappointment.

Undergo a Consultation

Last, never make a determination about the viability of the procedure solely based on personal research. Instead, use the information you discover to have a meaningful discussion about the procedure with a dental surgeon during the consultation. Only the learned opinion of an experienced dental surgeon is worth anything when it comes to determining your candidacy.