Wisdom teeth are the third molars that emerge in the lower and upper jaws. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of disease, which occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it does produce to effectively use blood sugar for energy. While this type of diabetes can’t be cured, it can be controlled with healthy eating and exercise habits.
If you suffer from diabetes, you should absolutely have wisdom teeth extraction from a dentist who is trained in providing dental care to patients with this condition. At Dr. Wisdom Teeth, we are equipped to handle patients who require different treatments, including those who may suffer complications due to a pre-existing condition like diabetes.
People With Diabetes and Wisdom Teeth
All forms of diabetes affect a person’s oral health, but it is those with diabetes type 1 and type 2 who experience the most problems. This is because both forms of the disease affect the body’s ability to control glucose levels in the blood. This can cause oral complications such as dry mouth, gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. These problems are even worse with uncontrolled diabetes.
In addition, people with unchecked diabetes may experience gum inflammation and infection that can affect the jawbone and lead to tooth loss. This is especially common in people who have had missing teeth for a while. The gums may be too swollen to allow a dental implant to be placed. If the condition is severe enough, it may also change how a surgeon plans an extraction procedure. For example, if the jaw has started to deteriorate because of the disease, the surgery may need to be performed before the tooth is ready to be removed. That means the dentist needs to plan to extract the tooth at an earlier stage than usual.
If a patient has diabetes, it is important to tell their dentist about it during the consultation before their extraction procedure is scheduled. This will allow the surgeon to evaluate the patient’s mouth in order to come up with the safest possible plan for their needs.
Patients with serious cases of diabetes should be sure to speak with their doctor about their medications before undergoing any treatment involving a dentist or doctor. Medications for diabetes can affect other areas of the body and decrease the body’s ability to heal itself after surgery. This may increase the chances of complications with extraction pain and healing times. Patients should be sure to let their surgeon know about any changes to their diabetic medication regimen as soon as they occur so the doctor can evaluate how it will affect their recovery.
To know more about dental extractions, call us at (833) 394-7366 and book an appointment with our dentist at 287 E. Hunt Hwy. #101, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143.