Holiday to Portugal

He has a couple of implants which I placed six weeks after he had heart surgery, as a bridge fractured during the surgery. Diabetes reduces our response to infection, and so it is important that it is well-controlled, and that patients with diabetes avoid infections with good cleaning of their implant teeth.

Other conditions that affect the health of dental implants are reduced bone density, and any conditions that affect our immunity and healing. The biggest culprit in reducing the success of dental implants is smoking, as it delays healing, and lowers our response to infection. We don’t guarantee implants for smokers.

You’ll be glad to know that Dad survived the holiday, despite us losing him at Heathrow on the return, and that his implant teeth are as good as ever.