October 29, 2017
Dental implants offer a number of benefits, perhaps the most important of which for you is a stable, natural-looking tooth replacement. The secret behind their stability is that the titanium posts actually promote the growth of bone matter to fuse together with your jaw bone. A recent study shows that in women who have osteoporosis, dental implants can make a big difference. Keep reading to learn more about the study and the effect this comprehensive tooth replacement have on your osteo health — and whether or not you may be a candidate for dental implants.
Dental Implants Increase Bone Density
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects a person’s bone health, causing the bone tissue throughout the body to become weaker over time. More common in women than men, it greatly increases a person’s susceptibility to fractured and broken bones.
The type of medications often used to treat osteoporosis is a class called bisphosphonates — but for already weak bones, this class of drugs can actually cut off blood flow and cause the bone to die. When it happens in the jawbone, it means tooth loss is imminent.
A group of researchers set out to find whether or not women taking bisphosphonates would experience degeneration of bone while getting dental implants. 24 women, half of whom had osteoporosis and were taking this drug and half of whom did not have the disease and were not taking the drug, were studied. Any remaining teeth were extracted and dental implants were placed immediately after.
The results were remarkable — after one year, the researchers said all of the implants were “completely successful.” The posts were still in place and there was good contact between implant and bone, meaning all the women had increased bone density and were enjoying a stable, secure tooth replacement.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The results of this study mean big news for postmenopausal women taking this medication for osteoporosis. And in fact, dental implant procedures are reported to be over 98% successful when performed in eligible candidates. To find out whether or not this method of tooth replacement is right for you, get in touch with your implant dentist.
At least three factors will be considered when evaluating your eligibility for dental implants: your oral health, overall well-being, and certain lifestyle choices that can impact the success of dental implants.
- Oral health: Patients who have been missing teeth for many months or who have had serious cases of periodontal disease may have already lost significant jawbone structure. Dental implants need plenty of healthy bone tissue to be successful — a bone augmentation procedure can help.
- Overall well-being: Certain diseases affecting the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes and advanced-stage cancers, affect a patient’s ability to recover after the implantation procedure. People with these and other serious health conditions may be better served by a non implant-retained replacement option.
- Lifestyle choices: Smoking and tobacco affect oral health and greatly increase the risk of implant failure. Talk to your dentist if you smoke and are interested in dental implants.
Interested in finding out how dental implants can improve your oral and overall health? Don’t wait to get in touch with your implant dentist — your smile deserves it!
About the Authors
Dr. John Stentz and Dr. Priya Shaffer are general dentists providing comprehensive dental care to patients in and around Circle Pines, MN. To learn more about their services or to discuss your eligibility for dental implants, you are invited to contact the office at 763-786-3432.
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