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Implants & Diabetes (preview)

Too many of our patients have diabetes, and more are coming! As we become more comfortable with the therapeutic benefits of dental implants, we need to understand the implications of diabetes, and appreciate the potential benefits this treatment option offers to our patients with diabetes.
The following questions will be discussed:
•What does diabetes really do to our patients’ mouth? We will discuss the implications of diabetes on oral health.
•How bad is the diabetes epidemic? What can I do in my office to help these patients?
•Will dental implants work for my patients with diabetes? What does the latest research show us?
•If implant treatment is an option, what do I need to look for, and how should I do it?


THOMAS W. OATES, JR., D.M.D., Ph.D., received his D.M.D. degree and completed a general practice residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. Dr. Oates maintained a private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 1984 to June 1989, after which he returned to academics at the Medical College of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. In 1994 he received a PhD degree in Biochemistry and a Certificate in Periodontology from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Oates currently serves the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School as Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, and the Department of Periodontics as Professor and Vice Chair.

His research interests focus on the intersection of oral and systemic health, with current efforts directed toward patients with diabetes mellitus. Dr. Oates currently has several active research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as industry and foundation support, evaluating the impact of diabetes on oral health and implant therapy.

He is a member of the NIH/CDC sponsored National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) working group for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry and Dentistry (PPOD). Dr. Oates is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a member of the Research and Science Committee for the American Academy of Periodontology.

Last reviewed on: 09/01/2014 | Expire date: 08/31/2019