How Some Medications Could Lead To Dental Implant Failure
Posted on 5/17/2021 by Dr. Hallas
Dental implants are a permanent restoration to lost teeth. They improve an individual's quality of life by enabling them to chew, smile, and speak confidently. Dental implants have a success rate of over 90%, but this range varies depending on the individual. An unsuccessful implant, also known as implant failure, will become loose over time and fall out. Such failure can be associated with the intake of certain medications such as painkillers, antidepressants, and osteoporosis drugs.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can affect a dental implant's success by interfering with the body's ability to join the implant into the jaw bone. These drugs interfere with the healing process, resulting in an integration failure. Thus, overusing these types of medications triples your risk of bone loss hence implant failure.
Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) possess a high risk of dental implant failure. These drugs are useful in treating depression and include fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine. Just like painkillers, these drugs interfere with implant-bone integration. Studies reveal that taking SSRIs can increase your dental implant failure by up to six times.
Osteoporosis medication treats bone loss by interfering with bone breakdown and remodeling. This alteration can make it difficult for your body to integrate an implant. Other medications that can interfere with dental implant success include chemotherapy drugs. If you are undergoing this treatment, you should wait for at least six months after treatment to get an implant. Recreational drugs such as tobacco and alcohol also impact dental implants, with individuals consuming them having a higher risk of failure than those who don't. Thus, if you take any of the above medication categories, you should disclose them to us before we schedule an implant surgery. This way, we will recommend alternative medication or wait until you have taken your entire prescription, increasing your implant success. For more details on dental implants, contact our office today.
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