Antidepressants are the second most prescribed medicine in the U.S. An estimated 13% of adults use some form of this medication. This naturally leads to the question: is there a connection between antidepressants and dental implants? Are you ineligible for dental implants if you are currently on meds for depression?
The Connection Between Dental Implants and Antidepressants
Antidepressants are known to inhibit bone metabolism, which is a crucial part of the healing process for a successful dental implant. Antidepressants are also known to affect your dental health in other ways. Additional side effects include dry mouth, teeth grinding, and osteoporosis. These symptoms can also inhibit recovery after an implant. Teeth grinding, for instance, places undue stress on the implants, while dry mouth reduces the body’s ability to fight off an infection.
What the Study Shows
A study at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine revealed that patients on antidepressants had a 33% implant failure rate, compared to 11% for non-users. The failure rate also doubled for every year the patient was on the drug. The study did not differentiate the different types of antidepressants.
Researchers also accounted for additional factors that may affect implant failure, such as diabetes, smoking, and HIV.
What This Entails
1895 Dental Implants, nor do any of our participating dentists discourage patients from discontinuing antidepressant or other medication use. Only your doctor can make that determination. The study does, however, reveal the need for greater transparency between dentist and patient. Our advice is simple: always disclose your full medical history during your initial consultation. This way, the dentist can determine whether you would be a good candidate for dental implants.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment even if you’re on medication. The link between dental implants and antidepressants does not disqualify you from being a candidate for an implant.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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