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Many people with diabetes are hesitant about getting dental implants because they’re under the impression their chances of failure are greater than for non-diabetics. But if you’re one of the 26 million Americans with diabetes, that isn’t necessarily so — with a little extra precaution before, during and after implant surgery.

Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how the body processes glucose. This simple sugar is used by the body to provide energy to cells, but can also cause damage if its volume level in the bloodstream is too high. The body normally regulates this through the hormone insulin produced by the pancreas.

The pancreas in people with Type 1 diabetes doesn’t produce insulin and so they must receive an outside source of the hormone through daily injections with careful daily monitoring of glucose levels. Those with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, don’t produce a sufficient amount of insulin or the body no longer responds to the insulin produced. For either type, abnormal glucose levels — either too high or too low — can have adverse affects on the body, including blindness, nerve damage, gangrene, coma or death.

Diabetes can also slow wound healing, increase the risk of infection, and alter the body’s inflammatory response, all of which are major concerns when placing implants. Because implant placement involves minor surgery in which a wound results, there’s been wide concern that a slower healing process could increase the risk of implant failure.

Recent studies, though, are encouraging especially for patients who have their diabetes under control through medication, diet and exercise. Patients with poor glucose control are at higher risk, because it can take longer for the bone to heal around an implant after placement. For such individuals special considerations to guard against infection may be needed during implant surgery.

In fact, the implant success rate for most diabetics is about the same as for non-diabetic patients, 95%. With proper disease management and a little extra wound care, you can be among the many that experience a favorable outcome and a more attractive smile with dental implants.

If you would like more information on diabetes and dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

November 12, 2015
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Here at Summit Family Dental, we consider a referral of your family or friends as the greatest compliment we can receive.  When someone recommends us to those that they care about, we take that responsibility very seriously.  We understand that how we treat your referral is a reflection on you and don't want to disappoint you or the family and friends that you refer to us.  We constantly strive to keep up to date with the latest advances in technology and new dental procedures, so we can provide you with the finest care and make it easy for you to refer your family and friends.  We appreciate your continued support and we strive to provide you with the very best patient care, patient education, and satisfaction.

Thank you for being part of the Summit Family Dental family.  We look forward to meeting more wonderful people just like you and adding them to our family!

By Summit Family Dental
November 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

November 04, 2015
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We are very excited to announce that we will be welcoming another Dentist to our team! Dr. Michelle Sgalia will be joining us here next week! We are looking forward to the addition to our team to help us continue to provide excellence in our care. With the addition of Dr. Sgalia to our family here at Summit Family Dental we will be able to provide more availability for our patients.  We want to take this time to introduce her to our patients and give her a warm welcome!

Dr. Michelle Sgalia graduated from Albion College in 2004 with a degree in biology and earned her D.D.S. from University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Sgalia is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the South Oakland Study Club. Michelle lives in Bloomfield Township, MI with her husband John and daughter Mia. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and golfing. Dr. Sgalia is excited to start here and get to know our great patients.

Don't be shy - call today to schedule an appointment with her.  You'll quickly see why we loved her and knew that she would be a great addition to our team!


            Dr. Michelle Sgalia and Family                                Dr. Sgalia with daughter Mia