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Antidepressant medications linked to increased dental implant failure.

Antidepressant medications linked to increased dental implant failure.


Winter Park Family Dentistry and Prosthodontics takes note of recent study linking an increased failure rate in dental implants in patients receiving antidepressant medication.


Orlando, FL- A research team out of McGill University Dental school has recently published a study that showed a two fold increase in failure rate of dental implants in patients taking the most common antidepressant medications (such as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft, the Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors or SSRIs)


This research puts the risk of dental implants in those patients as high as other risk factors such as smoking.  "Dental implants have become a mainstay in today's dental treatment options and as such we must be aware of all risks and benefits to educate our patients" says Dr. Matar.


Antidepressant medication is used worldwide and has already been linked to an increase in bone fractures, but the link to failure of dental implants has not yet been evaluated before this study.  This new research must be further evaluated with more studies and should not deter patients from considering dental implants as an option.  Patients should discuss all treatment options carefully with their dentist to make an informed decision.


Winter Park Family Dentistry and Prosthodontics is a group dental practice that been providing family dentistry and prosthodontic specialty care to central Florida for 37 years. Its staff includes Board certified prosthodontist Dr. Jon S. Wilkins, DDS, MSD, Dr. Malcolm Hawley DDS and Dr. Ramzi Matar, DMD.


For more information, questions, or comments you can reach Dr. Ramzi Matar at any of the contacts below.


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