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SSRIs and Dental Implant Failure

Implant failure occurs when the body rejects a dental implant, allowing it to fall out or fail to secure to bone. While not common, a new study from McGill University suggests that people who take SSRIs are twice as likely to experience implant failure as those who are not taking medications that inhibit selective serotonin reuptake.

SSRIs have long been associated with a higher risk of bone fracture and a reduction in bone formation. However, while this study was conducted over a six year period, it looked only at patients who had already had implants placed, limiting its ability to establish what dosage of SSRIs have this effect on dental implants.

When considering your candidacy for dental implants, Tarrytown dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia will have to look over your entire medical history. This includes medication you are currently or have recently taken. The decision to stop taking SSRIs should not be made without first consulting your physician and, if stopping medication is not right for you, Dr. Mejia would be happy to discuss other ways to replace missing teeth and restore strength and beauty to your smile.

To learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today.

By |September 18th, 2014|Blog|