A recent study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research suggests that dental implant failure is twice as likely in patients taking SSRIs. These findings are consistent with previous studies that have shown SSRIs to reduce the formation of bone and increase the risk of bone fractures.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth because they are secured to the jawbone through the process of osseointegration. SSRIs interfere with this production of bones, allowing failure to occur more frequently than among patients not taking these medications.
It is important to note that the failure rate of dental implants in patients taking SSRIs during this six-year study was just above 10 percent. This is still relatively low and, compared to the benefits offered by dental implants, should not detract patients from seeking this restorative service.
Oklahoma City implant dentist Dr. Terry Bass takes a number of things into consideration before suggesting any particular treatment. During your dental implants consultation he will assess your medical history, including any medication you are currently taking, to help you determine if dental implants are the best solution for your smile.
To schedule your dental implants consultation, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today. Dr. Bass Serves Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and surrounding areas of Oklahoma.