The relationship between bisphosphonates and dental implant failure is not fully understood. Studies have been done which examine whether patients who take bisphosphonates are at greater risk of dental implant failure than those not using those drugs. Treatment records of hundreds of patients receiving dental implants have been reviewed. The patient population has consisted of men and women between the ages of 17 – 87 years. Clinical information collected included age, gender, smoking status as well as systemic conditions and medication use. Dental implants information included dental implant system, date of placement, date of follow-up visits, surgical complications and dental implant failure. The relationship between bisphosphonates and dental implant failure has been analyzed. One such study conducted at the University of Buffalo Postgraduate Clinic from 1997 – 2008 found a statistically significant higher rate of dental implant failure in those patients taking bisphosphonates than those that did not take this class of medication. In conclusion, patients taking bisphosphonates may be at a higher risk for dental implant failure.
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