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Dental implant failure

In general they have 98% success rate. Mine had to come out due to 'an infection' a few months after the difficult, and costly procedure. I've found some evidence that being on autoimmune suppressents (I've been on Remicade for 12 years) can dramatically reduce the chance of success. Can anyone else share any information ?

  1. Hi . I previously shared an article about the increased risk of infection from Remicade and the associated risk of dental implant failure. Now I want to share with you this article from the journal Dentistry Today titled "Are Biologic Medications Becoming the New Catch-22 in Implant Dentistry?" It focuses on the risk of infection, but also notes "Multiple studies have shown a direct association between TNF inhibitors and interference with normal bone physiology. Biologic medications have been reported in the literature to decrease bone turnover, have direct effects on the viability of osteocytes, and inhibit osteoclastgenesis." In layman's terms, the biologics may be inhibiting the ability of the bone to grow and adhere to the implant, thus increasing the likelihood of implant failure. I hope this information is useful and that others chime in with their experiences. Best, Richard (Team Member)

    1. That's really interesting (and depressing). Can you share a link to the first article you mention in your reply ?

      1. Hi . Yes, I shared the article in this other forum question you had posted: Also, yes, it is understandably depressing, but if you have a dentist who is trained in the understanding treating autoimmune conditions it can be better. I don't want to sugarcoat the issue - it is still difficult, but implants can be done. My wife, Kelly, was diagnosed with a different autoimmune condition (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) at age two, almost 45 years ago. Issues with bone growth, including with implants (in her case around artificial joints) is something she has had to deal with must of her life. The bone growth and healing around the implant is often slower, but that can be accounted for and the implant can be successful. Hope this information is helpful. Best, Richard (Team member)

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