Medicine and Dental Implantology
One of the important topics we cover in our popular dental implant seminars is the question of efficacy, and especially which factors are likely to give your patients the best shot at a lasting, healthy implant.
This study has earned some attention for its finding that certain daily medications could affect this success rate. It focused on two common medications – beta blockers, and heartburn medication – and found that one increased the chance of dental implant success, while the other diminished it:
Failure rates of implants for people using beta blockers was 0.6%
Failure rates of implants in people who don’t take beta blockers was 4.1%
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%
The mechanisms behind these findings were fairly straightforward: beta blockers encourage bone growth, which can lead the body to more rapidly assimilate the implant into the jaw. Heartburn medication can reduce calcium absorption, hindering much the same process.
This study is a good reminder that dental implantology is complex, and that proper training and education are essential to building a solid practice. To get started with the best dental implant seminars in California, contact us.