A recent study from McGill University found that
dental implant procedures may be twice as likely to fail in patients who are
using common antidepressants.
According to the researchers, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs,
may reduce bone formation, which can complicate the osseointegration process
that must occur for a successful implantation. Researchers evaluated six years'
worth of dental implants records and followed up with patients between three
months and five years after implant placement. The link between implant failure
and SSRI use was comparable to the failure associated with smoking.
Dr. Kevin Sands takes into account a patient's
personal, medical, and dental history to ensure that the restoration options he
recommends are the most appropriate. He explains, "If you're interested in
a new smile makeover, give us a call at the office, talk to the treatment
coordinator, set up a no-charge consultation, and I will educate you on all the
procedures out there. I will explain the pros and cons, and I will show you
before and after pictures." He also explains the dental implants cost,
which can vary according to a patient's needs.
A single tooth implant is often the best choice for
replacing a single tooth while full mouth dental implants can be used with
dentures to replace all of a person's teeth. "It's just like your natural
tooth. We place a titanium post into your gum, and we can actually make a tooth
look like you were born with it. You can floss in between it; you don't have to
prepare the teeth next to it ... Nowadays, if you're missing a tooth, with a
dental implant you can have your smile back," says Dr. Sands. This new
research on SSRIs may indicate that patients who are using antidepressants may
need to consider another type of restoration or be more closely monitored
during the healing process.