Are you taking antidepressants and want to get dental implants? Here is why you need to make sure your dentist knows what medications you are taking.
A study done by the University of Buffalo connects the use of antidepressants with a 4 times increase in the odds of failure in dental implants AND that each year of antidepressant use doubles the odds of failure.
Did you know antidepressants are the 2nd most prescribed medications in the US?
Antidepressants reduce the regulation of bone metabolism which is necessary for healing after an implant procedure. Antidepressants are also know to have other side effects that may hinder the implant healing process such as osteoporosis, akathisia, bruxism, and dry mouth.
Kevin RPh (registered pharmacist) says, “In this particular scenario concerning bone health, we should be investigating the value of supporting our patients with Vitamin D3 and minerals, especially magnesium.”
Research strongly suggests that a deficiency of Vitamin D is a causative factor when it comes to failed dental implants.
Calcium and magnesium are important for general health, growth, and to repair cells and tissues. When taken with Vitamin D this may aid in skeletal bone density and periodontal health which could help increase your chances at successfully getting dental implants.
Researchers have also found that being deficient in magnesium is associated with increased symptoms of depression and a magnesium supplement has been shown to improve depression. There are other smaller studies that suggest a correlation between low Vitamin D and showing symptoms of depression.
OsteoTherapy by Pharmaden is a supplement that contains each of these nutrients: Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium. Please see the x-rays below of a patient who took OsteoTherapy over several months.