Overall, dental implants
have a very high success rate, about 95%, confirmed with studies that last 20 years or more. But not everyone enjoys the same high success rate. Some people taking certain kinds of medications can be at an increased risk of dental implant failure. Antidepressants are among the most damaging to dental implants, it turns out. They can increase the risk of implant failure by a factor of four to six, depending on whether you’re looking at this study
or that one
Does this just mean that people taking these medications have to accept the higher risk? Maybe not. Some doctors propose that proper nutrition can help people preserve their dental implants.
Nutrient Deficiencies Common in Depression
Part of the problem, doctors say, is that people with depression often have nutrient deficiencies. In fact, some doctors go so far as to say that it’s the nutrient deficiencies that are actually causing the depression. Whether the deficiencies are causal or not, we know they’re present.
In particular, people with depression often have vitamin D deficiencies. Do you know what vitamin D does in the body? Among other things, it helps the body utilize calcium in the building of bones. So it makes perfect sense that a person with a vitamin D deficiency might have problems developing and maintaining bone around dental implants. It’s actually true that most Americans have some level of vitamin D deficiency, especially in late winter and early spring.
Another nutrient deficiency common in people with depression is magnesium. Although magnesium is not as well-known for its link to strong bones, it’s another crucial nutrient that your body needs to build bones, around dental implants or anywhere in the body.
A Holistic Dentistry Approach to Ensuring Dental Implant Success
Whether you’re taking antidepressants or not, there’s a lot more to ensuring dental implant success than simply placing the implant. Holistic dentistry reminds us it’s important for us to create a systemic environment that fosters dental implant integration and health.
Part of this is ensuring that you’re getting optimal nutrition. The good thing about vitamin D is that your body can manufacture it if you’re getting enough sun, but there are other ways you can improve the levels of vitamin D, magnesium, and other nutrients in your body.
Another part is ensuring that you have a healthy bite that won’t put your dental implants under undue stress.
Nashville holistic dentist Dr. Kent E. White knows that a healthy body and a healthy bite are essential to having successful dental implants. He approaches all dental treatments as part of an approach to a healthy life. The goal is actually to avoid dental treatments whenever possible, to minimize the treatments when necessary, and ensure the best odds of success every time.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. White’s comprehensive and effective approach to dental care, please call (615) 383-6787 for an appointment at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.