Some Medications Could Lead to Dental Implant Failure
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Implants have been a revolutionary change for people who have lost teeth due to accident or injury. In fact, implants are the closest thing to a real tooth you can get when you've lost one- or more than one- tooth. The process to get dental implants can take some time, but once the process is complete, dental implants are amazing. However, you need to know that dental implants can be damaged, or they can even fail. There are some medications that can cause the implants to fail. Not sure what those medications are? Let us give you some information.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a way to replace teeth. The implant consists of two parts, the screw and the prosthetic tooth. The screw of an implant actually screws through your gum into the jawbone. That means that your implant, when complete, functions the same way a natural tooth does. You don't remove implants, and they don't need additional work.
From time to time, dental implants can fail, which means we have to remove it, and use something else. If at all possible, we try and prevent dental implant failure. You can help us out if you practice good oral hygiene. You also need to know that there are some medications that could cause the implant not to be successful.
For example, you may already know that tobacco and alcohol are not great for your oral hygiene. In some cases, both tobacco and alcohol can cause your implant to fail. You also need to be careful when you take chemotherapy drugs. In some cases, we may recommend you wait to get implants until you have completed chemotherapy. Other medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs you may take for arthritis or other pain, can cause implant failure. There are other drugs used to treat anxiety or depression that may cause implant failure as well.
If you are concerned about medications that can cause implant failure, don't hesitate to call us. We can work with your doctor to make sure you can take medication and keep your implants healthy.