Losing more and more of your teeth as you progress in age may seem like a natural part of life that you have to deal with. However, thanks to dental implants you can preserve a younger looking face for much longer. A dental implant is an artificial tooth, a post that is fused to bone with a crown mounted on it. The process of dental implantation requires a healing period, and it is essential that you adhere to certain guidelines to ensure proper healing. Keep reading to learn more how certain medications can cause dental implant failure.
After undergoing the process of getting a dental implant, the last thing that you want to have happen is for your implant to heal improperly; while successful implantation primarily depends on the health of your jaw bone, it has been shown that there are several medications that can cause your dental implant to fail, which necessitates reattaching the post to your jaw bone.
While dental implant success occurs in more than 90% of patients, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been shown make the process six times more likely to fail; these are a common class of drugs that are used in antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Prozac, and can cause bone loss that directly interferes with the ability of an implant to bond to the bone.
Antibiotics, such as fluoroquinolones, can also lead to bone healing and growth issues; it is better to avoid these if possible, with norfloxacin and levofloxacin being a couple of the brand names. Some proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), used primarily for stomach acid reduction, have been linked to implant rejection. Osteoporosis drugs, such as bisphosphonates, have also been linked to improper healing of bone and a higher risk of implant failure. Finally, but not all-inclusively, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are ubiquitously found in pain medications, may also impair bone healing and increase the probability of implant failure. We hope that this information helps make your dental implantation process as success, and we look forward to seeing you for the next steps.