Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) have long been known to slow bone growth and increase risks for fracture. Now, a six-year study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research suggests these same medications may interfere with osseointegration and increase risks for implant failure.

The study looked at the success rate of dental implants in 490 patients at both three and 67 months. Patients who were taking SSRIs saw rates of rejection and failure over twice as often as those who were not, at 10.6 percent and 4.6 percent respectively. Results from this study have been published in the September issue of the Journal of Dental Research.

Fairfax dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban takes a number of things into consideration when determining which procedures are ideal for each patient. During your examination Dr. Marzban will gather all necessary information, better enabling her to provide you with options that can meet your specific needs. If dental implants are not the best decision for your smile Dr. Marzban would be happy to discuss options such as dental bridges to help ensure full restoration of both strength and beauty.

To schedule your dental implants consultation at our Burke, Virginia office, please contact Pamela Marzban, DDS today.