Monday, March 14, 2016

Antidepressant Use Linked to Dental Implant Failure


Before I entered dental school, I received my undergraduate degree; a BA in Psychology.

As a psych major, I've always had a fascination with why we do what we do and how we got to be the way we are.  Our psychological health can affect all kinds of things that can directly lead to problems in our overall health.  Antidepressant use is linked directly with a diagnosis of clinical depression which can lead to problems with weight, blood pressure, and sleep cycles, just to name a few.

Individuals suffering from clinical depression  can also be linked to lower numbers of oral hygiene/maintenance visits as well as decreased home care.  The previous sentence may be why a pilot study has found an association between antidepressant use and dental implant failure.

Now this is a preliminary study so there may be a lot more here than meets the eye.  It was also a pretty small sample size of just 74.  The study says that none of the implant failures were linked to depression, but in my opinion that's a hard call to make.

Anyway, it's a short & interesting read which you can find here.

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