Dental Implant Failure and SSRIs

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Mon, 10/20/2014

SSRIs are a commonly prescribed class of anti-depressants. These medications are known to cause some issues with bone regeneration and have been linked to risks for fracture, but their impact on dental implants has only recently been discovered.

In a six-year study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, it was found that patients taking SSRIs experienced implant failure at twice the rate of those who were not on anti-depressants. Researchers assume this may be caused by interference with the osseointegration process caused by the SSRIs, which would be consistent with other bone-related side effects of these medications. However, the rate of failure was still under 11 percent, even for this higher-risk group.

Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake would never suggest you discontinue taking an SSRI or any other medication unless directed to by your physician. If medications make you a poor candidate for dental implants, Dr. Miyake will happily discuss alternatives such as dental bridges that do not rely on bone growth to restore strength and beauty to your smile.

If you are missing one or more teeth and looking for the most effective solution, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Miyake serves Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, and surrounding California communities.