SSRIs, a common type of antidepressant, have recently been shown to increase risks for dental implant failure. Long known to impact bone growth, SSRIs seem to prevent dental implants from integrating into the jaws of some patients. As with all medications, it is important to discuss any SSRIs you are now or have recently taken with Iowa implant dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin prior to committing to this procedure.
If you are missing one or more teeth, please call Dr. McLaughlin at 319-373-5082 to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
How Big is the Risk of Implant failure?
The most recent study on SSRIs and dental implants included 490 patients, 51 of whom were using SSRIs. Among those not on SSRIs, implant failure occurred in 4% of cases. This number increased to 11% among patients currently taking an SSRI. Unfortunately, this study did not consider the dosage or duration of usage in individual patients – both factors that may have impacted results.
SSRIs may increase your risk of dental implant failure, but do not necessarily make you ineligible for this type of tooth replacement. The best way to determine if dental implants are right for you is by contacting Dental Touch Associates and scheduling a consultation at our Marion, Iowa office.