Dental Implants And Anti-Depressants Don’t Mix, New Study Finds
Dental implants are not infallible, and a new study from McGill University drives home that point. According to new research, dentistry patients who are also taking antidepressants (particularly antidepressant medications with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) may want to consult their dentist about cosmetic dental implants. Why, exactly? These medications may impact the effectiveness of anything from full mouth dental implants to single tooth implants and mini dental implants.
Are Bridges Better?
Are there times when more traditional tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges, are better? In rare instances, the answer is yes. The best dental consults will tell you implants are highly effective with a 98% success rate. They may last decades to a lifetime with responsible dental care, and 3 million Americans already have them. So what’s the problem?
As in the case of Americans taking antidepressants, there are chemicals and substances that can interact with implants and negatively impact their success rate. Smokers also have a relatively high fail rate, even with dental implants’ otherwise high levels of effectiveness and patients’ otherwise high levels of satisfaction. Taking antidepressants and smoking can lead to increased bone loss, both of which can result in implant failure. In these instances, patients may want to closely consult with some of the best cosmetic dentists and consider alternatives, like bridges, if necessary.
Does That Mean Implants Are Out?
While the new studies show implants aren’t perfect, the fact remains that they are highly effective and look and feel natural in nearly all patients. In fact, experts estimate the dental implant industry will be worth an impressive $6.4 billion by 2018. Patients have more and more choices, from multiple implants to single implants for just one tooth or mini implants for narrow spaces or crowded teeth. New studies show that implants are also anchoring effectively in nearly all patients with diabetes, in spite of expectations.
For many, dental implants are part of the very best dental care available to them. A minority of patients, such as patients regularly taking antidepressants or patients who smoke, may have to look into other viable alternatives.