Antidepressants can be very useful for many people who suffer from depression and other mental health conditions. However, it has recently come into question as to whether these medications may interfere with other medications that are given when a dental implant is done.
A dental implant is deemed successful when new bone actually begins to form around the implant, which eventually secures the implant in place. The concern lies in the fact that the medications reacting with one another is causing the new bone to not form either at all or completely. What will eventually happen is new bone doesn’t grow and the implant will fail and fall out.
A study was done at the University at Buffalo in order to determine if there was any scientific proof to this concern. They followed 74 patients who received dental implants during the time of the research study. The results of their study showed that the majority of the people who had a dental implant failure were the ones that used antidepressants more frequently than the others. For the people who had been using antidepressants for many years, their odds of having a dental implant failure was almost four times higher than anyone else.
It is important to realize that this is not the first time a study has been completed concerning antidepressants and their effects on bones and teeth. In 2007, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study that stated that antidepressants could speed up bone loss in older women. Another study back in 2003 that was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association stated that many dental implant patients were given medications that interfered with their antidepressants, which would eventually cause problems with their teeth.
More research needs to be done in order to fully understand the effects of antidepressants with dental implants. For now, doctors, dentists and patients need to work together in order to make sure that any dental implants that are being done are as successful as possible.