November 05, 2014

Antidepressants Pose Dental Implant Risk

The Journal of the American Dental Association, Oct. 1, 2014, includes a report from McGill University that was originally published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Researchers retrospectively studied the records of 490 patients who received 916 dental implants from 1/07 to 1/13.  440 of the patients were not medicated and 50 patients took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most widely used antidepressant drugs.

Followup after 3 to 67 months showed a failure rate of 4.6% in the nonusers group and 10.6% in the users group. 

Researchers suggested further studies regarding this connection.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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