DRUGS THAT MAY IMPEDE INTEGRATION OF DENTAL IMPLANTS— HEARTBURN TREATMENT
“Scientists already knew that drugs for heartburn reduce calcium absorption in bones and generally increase the risk of bone fractures,” says Faleh Tamimi, of McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry. “That is why we wanted to look at how it affects the integration of implants and bone healing after this type of surgery. But we didn’t expect to find that the negative effects of these type of drugs would be as great as they are.” Further work will need to be done to find the appropriate dosages and time periods that people should take or avoid these medications.
- 133 implants were in 58 people who took heartburn medication
- 1,640 implants were in 741 people who do not take heartburn medication
- Failure rates of implants for people using heartburn medication were 6.8%
- Failure rates of implants for people not taking heartburn medication were 3.2%
- More than 20 million Americans, about one in 14 people, take heartburn medication.
Heartburn medication is rapidly becoming the third most prescribed pharmaceutical product worldwide, especially for elderly people, who take it either on an occasional or long-term basis.
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