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Some Medications Can Impact How Dental Implants Heal

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Front Desk
Some Medications Can Impact How Dental Implants HealImplants have a high success rate, and most of the successful dental implants will still be intact up to 20 years later. However, there are instances where you risk having dental implant failure. This may result from taking certain medications that will affect the healing of your implant. Among the medicines that will affect how dental implants heal include osteoporosis medication, painkillers, and antidepressants.

Osteoporosis Medication

Osteoporosis medication, such as bisphosphonates, improves your bone density by inhibiting cells that remove material from your bone. While this action contributes to bone healing, it also hinders the recovery of a dental implant by preventing its integration, healing, and success.


Antidepressants belonging to the serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) category also pose a risk to dental implant success. They do this by interfering with your body's ability to incorporate the implant into the bone. SSRIs also link with the loss of bone mass, and individuals taking this class of medicines are more likely to have an implant failure.

Painkillers and Antibiotics

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen, impair bone healing. However, their risk of dental implants is higher in individuals with other risk factors. Antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones impair bone growth and healing. Therefore, consuming these antibiotics to treat gum disease or other complications will threaten your implants' recovery. Thus, if you are taking this class of antibiotics, it would be best to wait until you finish your dosage or switch to another antibiotic type.

Remember, you should disclose your medicines to us before scheduling a dental implant to ensure its success. By working together with us, we will also develop alternative suggestions to your medication to ensure your implant's success. For more details on drugs that impact dental implants, contact our office today.
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