Has an Arlington or Southlake dentist asked about antidepressants or other medications you’re taking during a dental implants consultation? Many of you may understand the concept of drug interactions and assume that before your dentist can prescribe you anything, he may need to know what you are already taking to make sure there are no harmful side effects from the combination of both. But did you know that your medications may interfere with certain dental procedures as well?
Millions of Americans require antidepressants to function and help them with the daily grind of life, and the most commonly prescribed are a group of antidepressants known as SSRI, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. This group of drugs includes Prozac, Celexa, Luvox, Zoloft, Paxcil, and Lexapro. Recent studies have shown that those who take any SSRI have a higher chance of implant failure than those who do not. The rate of failure is 10.6%, which is more than double that of those who do not take any SSRIs, and even rivals the failure rate of lifelong smokers!
With the popularity of dental implants rising, it is important to discuss all your health concerns and medications with your dentist. Both you and your dental practitioner should be aware of any aspects that can adversely affect your treatment so that together you can devise a plan that best fits you and your needs.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ravi Doctor today if you are interested in dental implants in Arlington or Southlake and also regularly take any medication—he has the expertise and experience required to ensure your procedure is safe and successful.