October 28, 2014

Diabetes and Dental Implants

Older Couple LeavesThe American Diabetes Association holds American Diabetes Month each November, which is just around the corner. Month-long activities aim to raise awareness of the disease and its impact. Lake Orion implant dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield reflects upon the impact of diabetes on the overall and oral health of nearly 26 million people in America.

Diabetes: Types 1 and 2

Diabetes exists in two types. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition developed in youth. You may hear it called juvenile diabetes because children can develop it. Type 1 can be developed in adolescence and young adulthood. Type 1 diabetics produce little or no insulin. Doctors do not know the cause of Type 1 diabetes, but suspect it may be an autoimmune disorder. Type 2 diabetes develops from a combination of heredity and personal characteristics including being overweight and inactive. Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but either do not produce enough or cannot use the insulin adequately. People of any age can develop this type of diabetes and it is far more common than type 1, making up 90% or more of diabetes cases.

Diabetes Facts

If you read the diabetes fact sheet from the American Diabetes Association, you will find that diabetes is a leading cause in the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • New cases of blindness
  • Amputation
  • Nerve damage

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October 23, 2014

True or False: You May be Eligible or Mini Dental Implants

Dental ImplantsLake Orion implant dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield wants you to know that you don’t have to live with missing teeth. There are numerous ways to restore both the form and function of your smile, even if tooth decay or injury has caused one, several, or even all of your teeth to fall out. Dentures and dental implants are commonly known means to provide you with a replacement for teeth that have long sense separated themselves from your gums. Mini implant dentures are a less known restoration. Try your hand at this quiz to have some fun learning more about these dental wonders.


Q1. True or false – Mini implants are actually stronger than dental implants.

Q2. True or false – Mini implants are just like their name: Tinier versions of regular dental implants.

Q3. True or false – Mini implants are a great choice for people with a lot of lost tooth structure as a result of untreated cavities and periodontal infection.


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