Antibiotics and dental implant failure

June 2, 2022
Peri-implantitis and implant failure are becoming more prevalent, as are systemic conditions that predispose patients to such failures. But is it the allergy that causes the issues or the medication taken after implant placement?

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Is it true that patients with some allergies can be at an increased risk for implant failure? It seems that peri-implantitis and implant failure are becoming more prevalent, and there are more and more systemic conditions that are predisposing patients to such failures too.

A recent study by the NYU College of Dentistry found that patients who have penicillin allergy are more likely to have dental implant failure. But is it the allergy that causes the issues, or is it the medication they take after implant placement that is at the root of the problem?

Join us in this episode of Medical History Mysteries as we talk about medications and allergies that play a role in implant failure.

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Through the Loupes newsletter, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Read more articles and subscribe to Through the Loupes.