SSRIs and Increased Risk of Dental Implant Failure
A six-year study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research has found that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) more than double the risk of dental implant failure. The study, which looked at 916 dental implants in 490 patients, found the rate of implant failure among patients taking SSRIs to be just over 10.5 percent. The rate for patients not taking these medications was 4.6 percent.
Osseointegration, the process that makes implants permanent, relies on bone metabolism. The results of this study are consistent with previous research linking SSRIs to a reduced rate of bone formation and increased risk of bone fractures.
What’s Best for Your Smile
Beaverton dentist Dr. Michael Negru takes many things into consideration when recommending treatment options for our patients. If you are currently taking medications that reduce the likelihood of successful implantation, Dr. Negru will discuss alternatives that may be better suited to meet your needs.
It is important to remember that all prescribed medications should be taken as directed by your physician and never discontinued without medical supervision. Dr. Negru can provide you with information about medications that may interfere with dental implant candidacy, but will not make recommendations about their continued use.
To learn if dental implants are right for your smile, please contact Bright Smile Dental today. Based in Beaverton, we welcome patients from Aloha and surrounding Oregon communities.