Dental Implant Failure Linked To Antidepressants

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and the Risk of Osseointegrated Implant Failure-A Cohort Study


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most widely used drugs for the treatment of depression, have been reported to reduce bone formation and increase the risk of bone fracture. Since osseointegration is influenced by bone metabolism, this study aimed to investigate the association between SSRIs and the risk of failures in osseointegrated implants.

Dental Implants

This retrospective cohort study was conducted on patients treated with dental implants from January 2007 to January 2013. A total of 916 dental implants in 490 patients (94 implants on 51 patients using SSRIs) were used to estimate the risk of failure associated with the use of SSRIs.Data analysis involved Cox proportional hazards, generalized estimating equation models, multilevel mixed effects parametric survival analysis, and Kaplan-Meier analysis.

After 3 to 67 mo of follow-up, 38 dental implants failed and 784 succeeded in the nonusers group, while 10 failed and 84 succeeded in the SSRI-users group.

The main limitation of this retrospective study was that drug compliance dose and treatment period could not be acquired from the files of the patients.

The primary outcome was that compared with nonusers of SSRIs, SSRI usage was associated with an increased risk of dental implants failure (hazard ratio, 6.28; 95% confidence interval, 1.25-31.61; p = .03).

The failure rates were 4.6% for SSRI nonusers and 10.6% for SSRI users.

The secondary outcomes were that small implant diameters (≤4 mm; p = .02) and smoking habits (p = .01) also seemed to be associated with higher risk of implant failure.

Our findings indicate that treatment with SSRIs is associated with an increased failure risk of osseointegrated implants, which might suggest a careful surgical treatment planning for SSRI users.

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  1. X. Wu1
  2. K. Al-Abedalla1
  3. E. Rastikerdar1
  4. S. Abi Nader1
  5. N.G. Daniel2
  6. B. Nicolau1
  7. F. Tamimi1,*

  1. 1Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  2. 2East Coast Oral Surgery, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
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