How Your Medication May Affect Your Dental Implants

22 April 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If you are consulting your dentist for dental implants, you need to tell your dentist about every little drug you are on. In fact, you should also consult your dentist about any new drugs you want to start taking once you have the implants. This is because your medication can affect the progress of your dental implants. Here are some of the medications that may hinder your dental implant treatment, and why that may happen.


Antidepressants are used to treat major depressive disorders and associated ailments. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants if you have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) or chronic depression, among others.

Unfortunately, there is evidence that antidepressants can weaken your bone growth. This is bad news for your dental implants, which depend on the growth of your bones to integrate fully into your jawbones. If the bone tissues around the implant point don't grow well, your implant will remain in their weak condition for a long time, increasing the risk of implant failure.

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Many people assume that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are only used for managing tissue inflammation (perhaps due to the "anti-inflammatory" term), but they are also useful for preventing blood clots, managing fever, and reducing pain. Unfortunately, NSAIDs have also been associated with high dental implant failure rates. The effect is believed to be there because NSAIDs hinder bone healing, and since dental implantation involves some damage to your bone's tissues, bone healing is paramount to dental implant success.

Heartburn Medication

Heartburn, which has nothing to do with the heart, by the way, is an irritation of the esophagus (throat and stomach lining) caused by acid from the stomach. Those who have experienced heartburn describe it as a burning sensation just below the breastbone. The description conjures up images of an ailment that anyone would want to treat as soon as possible, but the treatment meds may interfere with dental implant success. This happens because the heartburn drugs impede the absorption of calcium in the body (specifically bones and teeth).  This leaves your teeth weak since calcium is a major component of bones, and weak teeth don't respond well to dental implant treatment.

That is why you should tell your dentist about all medications you are taking or planning to take. In fact, an ideal situation is where your doctor and your dentist can coordinate to mitigate the effect of medication on your implants, but this can only happen if you are fully forthcoming to both professionals.