Can Certain Medications Affect Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile, but certain medications can put them at risk of failure. Common medications that have negative interactions with dental implants include antidepressants, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), and paroxetine (Paxil), are popular antidepressants that can increase the risk of implant failure by up to six times. Osteoporosis medications, such as bisphosphonates, can also interfere with the body's ability to integrate the implant into the bone.

Rarely, it can trigger a serious complication called osteonecrosis of the jaw. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), may also affect bone healing. Fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, have been associated with bone growth problems and problems with bone healing. Glucocorticoids, which are used to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune disorders, may also cause problems with dental implants.

Tobacco use, whether smoking or smokeless tobacco, can also have a detrimental effect on the success and survival of dental implants. It is important to be an active part of your dental implant team and tell your dentist about all the medications you are taking and if any of your prescriptions change. Kaushal Dhawan and the staff at the Colorado Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry Center are available to help you determine effective solutions for all your dental problems.

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