Losing a significant number of adult teeth will have very serious negative impacts on your life. It's difficult to get proper nutrition from a variety of foods when your diet is limited to the few items you are able to adequately chew. There's a good chance you feel socially awkward or embarrassed by your appearance. There are also serious health risks associated with tooth decay and tooth loss.

Dentures are one solution, as are dental implants and hybrid systems combining dentures with implanted anchors. Unfortunately, people with severe jawbone loss and with uncontrolled diabetes were once thought to be poor candidates for implants. Thanks to innovations in dental implant therapy, that's changed.

Uncontrolled diabetes is no longer a barrier to dental transplant therapy.

Diabetes is a challenge to the successful outcome of dental implants because the disease can interfere with bone formation, delay wound healing and decrease the body's infection resistance.

But a recent study found that patients with uncontrolled diabetes are actually good candidates for dental implant surgery. The healing times were twice as long for patients with poorly controlled diabetes than for the diabetes free control group, but the implants had an overall similar success rate no matter how long the initial healing process took.

This is good news for diabetics with severe tooth loss. Implants, or updated dentures anchored with implants, allow for a varied diet, which leads to improved diet-related health outcomes.

Implants are now possible for patients with severe upper jawbone loss.

If an accident, traumatic injury or severe tooth decay have led to the erosion of your upper jaw, getting implants was once nearly out of the question. You faced many expensive, extensive surgical procedures to rebuild the bone so it would accept the implants. Failure rates for such implants were high.

Today, there's a new procedure called zygomatic implantation. Zygomatic implants are longer than standard implants, anchoring upper teeth to the cheekbone rather than to the jawbone. Because the  cheekbone is so strong, it makes a secure and reliable base for upper teeth.

People who once were only offered dentures due to insufficient upper jaw structure should contact their dental professionals to find out if they are candidates for the new zygomatic process.

As more research is conducted on how to successfully perform dental surgery on people with chronic health issues, more people than ever will be able to consider dental implants as a solution to their tooth loss.

If you have a medical condition you feel limits your ability to receive dental work, talk to your denturist like Burke Mountain denturist today about new methods that may cover your exact situation.