Dental Care for Diabetic Patients – Toronto, ON
Whether you suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you face a number of health risks. One health problem that often does not receive enough attention is the increased risk for gum disease. The condition, also known as periodontitis, is a serious concern because it can lead to significant inflammation, tooth loss, and gum recession. Many researchers also believe that gum disease can make it more difficult to control diabetes. Fortunately, at the Art of Dentistry, our restorative dentistry services can stop the spread of gum disease and repair your dental damage. Plus, our routine exams can detect gum disease in the early stages. Then Dr. Weiss can treat the condition before it permanently affects your smile. To learn more about dental care for diabetic patients, contact our Toronto, ON practice today.
Diabetes and Gum Disease
Gum disease is a condition that causes pockets of bacteria to build up in your soft oral tissues. Without treatment, the pockets will grow larger over time. Eventually your gums could start to recede, pulling away from your dental roots. As this occurs, you could experience bleeding, inflammation, and tooth loss. In time, the bacteria could spread to your jawbone. At this point, you could suffer jaw recession or even a life-threatening infection.
As a diabetic, there are several reasons that you may face a higher risk for gum disease. First, sugar is the main source of energy for oral bacteria. Your elevated blood glucose makes it easier for microbes to thrive. Therefore, keeping your blood sugar under control will help to reduce your risk for periodontitis. In addition, when you have diabetes, your blood vessels can thicken. It will be harder for your body to transfer nutrients and flush out waste products. As a result, you will be more prone to infection, including gum disease.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Many researchers believe that the link between diabetes and gum disease is a two-way street. Not only will diabetes increase your risk for periodontitis. Gum disease can also make it more difficult to control your blood sugar. For this reason, it is important to stop gum disease before it begins. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your routine exams and cleanings are more important than ever before. In fact, you may benefit from even more frequent visits.
Advanced Periodontal Treatments
Though preventive care is important, we also offer outstanding treatment for existing gum disease. Using state-of-the-art soft tissue lasers, Dr. Weiss can remove bacterial pockets. In this way, he can prevent inflammation, gum recession, and tooth loss. If needed, he will also smooth away rough spots on your dental roots. These patches have a lot of surface area, which will attract bacteria. Through this process, called scaling and root planning, Dr. Weiss can prevent microbes from returning to your gums. We also offer the innovative Pinhole Surgical TechniqueTM to repair your recessed gum line.
Options to Replace Missing Teeth
If you already have advanced gum disease, you may have lost one or more teeth. After treating the fundamental problem, Dr. Weiss will suggest an appropriate dental restoration to repair your smile. Dental bridges are a popular and affordable option. However, if you want the most stable and realistic restoration, you should consider dental implants. These small metal posts will take the place of your tooth roots. Once attached to the posts, your restoration will never slip out of place. If you have a large number of missing teeth, dental erosion, gum recession, or other extensive damage, Dr. Weiss may suggest full mouth reconstruction. In this process, he will combine several treatments to address your particular needs.
Contact Us for the Care You Need
As a diabetic, you already face many health challenges and concerns. Your dental wellness does not need to be one of them. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and receive comprehensive, ongoing treatment.