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Why Can’t I Get Dental Implants If I Have Osteoporosis?

I used to work in the customer care section of a back office for a dental tourism company. It was  a great experience and the patients had many problems that I needed to sort out, and I also needed to talk to a good number of highly trained dentists. I was lucky to have access to oral surgeons and dental implantologists as well as general dentists, oral hygienists as well as orthodontists. During my time there, I frequently had patients wondering about the logic behind the restrictions placed on who can and cannot get dental implants. One of the conditions that raised a lot of eyebrows is osteoporosis. Almost all clinics forbid the placement of dental implants to patients suffering from osteoporosis.

What Is Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become porous. The bones also become brittle and are drained of minerals, and osteoporosis fractures, which are hairline fractures going throughout the bones, are not uncommon. This disease affects mostly women, and mostly women who have gone through menopause. The cures for osteoporosis are usually ineffective, with effective treatments being provided by biphosphonates, and of course a change of lifestyle, however, it has not been proven that increased intakes of vitamin d and calcium, the usual combo given to people with bone degenerative diseases, is useful in treating osteoporosis. 

Complications

If you have any sort of bone degenerative disease, dental implants are off limits for you, and osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. Even if you have only had it for a couple of days, osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bone density, that key player in the stabilization of dental implants. When you have osteoporosis, you will have lower and lower bone density as time goes on, this means that the dental implant will necessarily fail overtime. This means that the manufacturers guarantee, alongside any other guarantees that the dental clinic may offer become null and void, and this is why dentists will not implant patients suffering from osteoporosis.

The Role Of Biphosphonates

The other issue at hand in osteoporosis patients is the use of biphosphonates. Biphosphonates have been proven to cause osteonecrosis of the jaw, meaning that parts of the jawbone die. These dead spots of jawbone obviously cannot support teeth or living gums, and this of course further destabilizes the mouth of a patient. This means that if you get treatment for your osteoporosis, you become ineligible for dental implants, and if you do not, you will become ineligible over time. There is just no way, with the current state of medical knowledge, to make sure that patients suffering from osteoporosis can have safe and reliable dental implantations, and getting sub par ones will cause more damage, pain, and money, than say, getting dentures or bridges.