This was a tendency to believe the team at the University at Buffalo researchers who studied the records of patients of a dental practice. They found a significant correlation between those who used antidepressants and the failure rate of dental implants developed to present it at a recent conference of the Association of Dental Research in the US.

Some figures that underscore a potential risk for dental implants

Among those whose implants have failed, 33% used antidepressants. Among those whose implants have succeeded 11% used antidepressants. The difference is significant enough that the researchers consider that risk is real for the success of the implants if the patient is taking antidepressants.

But where do the problems of antidepressants for dental implants?

Antidepressants have known side effects, but which had not yet been connected to the medical procedure of dental implants. These side effects can be a capacity reduction of bone metabolism to regulate properly, for example. Or bones need to regenerate properly after implant placement. The dental implant is placed directly in the jaw bone. The bone must be reformed and solidify around him for the implant to be fixed in the future as the root of a tooth.

Dry mouth can also occur due to antidepressants, hence a greater risk of infection following the implant placement. Osteoporosis is another known side effect of antidepressants that may affect the proper healing after implant placement. Osteoporosis is a deterioration of bone tissue which then becomes more fragile. This fragility prevents the implant take firmly in the jaw, and hold long term.

What are antidepressants recognized risk for dental implants?

The already long and non-exhaustive list, it includes Prozac, Paxil, Divarius, Paxil, zoloft, Seropram, Celexa, Seroplex, Ciraplex, Lexapro, Priligy and Floxyfral. But whatever the antidepressant you take, it will seek the advice of your doctor to assess the risk it represents.

What to do to prevent a problem with antidepressants if I have to put implants?

Talk to your GP, talk about your project to put dental implants. Your doctor may review your treatment in order to increase the chances of success of the installation of your dental implants or otherwise advise against the transaction after evaluating the risks with you. Even if you are taking antidepressants, the success rate is relatively high, but at, we prefer that you put all the chances on your side.

Also ask the opinion of the dentist who will treat you. The studies are recent and focus on relatively small samples (twice 500 people) compared to the number of people placing dental implants every year. The dentist will then give you an opinion after its field experience and medical knowledge. Remember that it has no interest in entering into the transaction if it fails. That's why he, too, wants to put the odds of a successful operation on his side. Therefore, if it considers that the operation will not involve more risk than another patient, this is certainly true.

If in doubt, ask two or three doctors in case of disagreements between the first two doctors. At the end, the decision to place dental implants remains yours. And the success rate, you take antidepressants or not, remain good.

    The sources of this article:
  1. The study from the University McGill, Canada
  2. The study from the University of Buffalo, USA
  3. Journal of Dental Research
  4. American Association for Dental Research

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