We are coming to understand the negative effects of common medications on dental implants. Antidepressants, in particular, seem to significantly increase the risks of dental implant failure, as confirmed by another recent study.
What do we do in response to these findings? We can sometimes attempt to have people stop taking medications. For some medications, like bisphosphonates, this might be a benefit to this anyway. For other medications, like antidepressants, this may be dangerous and inadvisable.
We might consider just saying someone is not a good candidate for dental implants because of their medications, but this is unsatisfactory. Dental implants are a great technology and we need to consider ways to give everyone access to them.
Nutrient Deficiencies Common in Depression
Some people will go so far as to say that nutrient deficiencies actually cause depression, but the data doesn’t support such a strong conclusion. What the data does support is that many people with depression also have certain nutrient deficiencies that may contribute to their emotional condition.
One of the most significant deficiencies associated with depression is vitamin D. If you think you’ve read about vitamin D on this blog before, you’re right. Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for bone and teeth building. Vitamin D is a nutrient our body can manufacture, if we get enough sun, but the majority of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter.
Another nutrient that plays a role in depression as well as bone building is magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies are common in people with depression. Since magnesium is critical for strong bones, we would want to ensure people getting dental implants are also getting enough magnesium.
How to Get Your Nutrient Levels up
Whether you are taking antidepressants or not, ensuring you have proper levels of important nutrients is crucial to improving the success rate of your dental implants. For vitamin D levels, it might be best to time the procedure for when you’re getting more sun–spring is a great choice in Summerlin.
For magnesium and other minerals, check out some surprising sources of the nutrients.
During planning, we will also talk to you about the potential role of nutritional supplements in helping protect your dental implants.