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Modern Research in Dentistry

Osteoporotic Patients are Suitable Candidates for Dental Implants or Not??

Preetika Bansal* and Sukhmeet Kaur

Department of Periodontics, Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, India

*Corresponding author: Preetika Bansal, Professor, Department of Periodontics, Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Submission: July 14, 2018;Published: July 23, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/MRD.2018.03.000552

Volume3 Issue1


Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace the missing teeth. The success rate of dental implants depends upon various factors including local and systemic factors. Osteoporosis is skeletal disease characterized by compromised bone density with increased bone fragility and increased risk of fracture. Osseointegration of an implant depends upon host bone quality and quantity, its healing capacity and various other systemic conditions. So, here we discuss whether the osteoporotic patients are suitable candidates for dental implants or not?

Keywords: Dental implants; Bone; Osteoporosis; Osseointegration


Dental implants are the best treatment option to replace the missing natural teeth and maintain bone, function, esthetics and phonetics and improving the quality of life. The demand of dental implants is increasing day by day to improve the life expectancy since aging is accompanied by increased tooth-loss. Collaterally, chronic illness like various forms of cancer and other diseases including skeletal and metabolic disorders such as osteoporosis and diabetes are also increasing respectively. Osteoporosis is a bone resorptive multi factorial generalized skeletal disease characterized by decreased bone strength and abasement of the micro architecture of the bone tissue resulting in fragility of the bone tissue with resultant greater risk of fractures [1]. Various factors such as calcium and vitamin D deficiency and genetic factors are involved in the etiology of osteoporosis but the post menopausal estrogen deficiency is the major known etiology, because it regulates bone remodeling and the deficiency of it induces imbalance of a bone remodeling with increase in bone resorption than bone formation, leading to bone fragility and increasing risk of fracture. Numerous treatment options are available to treat the osteoporosis including balanced diet, smoking prevention, weight bearing exercises and systemic pharmacological treatment modalities like Estrogen replacement therapy, bisphosphonates, selective estrogen receptor modulators, calcitonin and parathyroid hormone which aim to increase bone mass [2]. However, long term usage of all these treatment modalities has their own disadvantages. The success rate of the dental implants depends upon several local and systemic factors which affect the healing process. Various systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, Sjogren’s syndrome, osteoporosis may affect the healing process of implants. Bornstein et al. [3]. The success of dental implants depends upon osseointegration of dental implant. Osseointegration is a healing process which over reckons bone quantity and quality. Bone density has been identified as one of the major factors affecting the primary stability of an implant. Various studies [4-6] concluded that patients with osteoporosis do not have a higher risk of early implant failure compared to non-osteoporotic patients. Merheb et al. [7] in 2016 stated that there is an existence of a moderate relationship between the skeletal bone density and implant stability. Safe protocols should be followed while treating the osteoporotic patients with dental implants and longer healing times could be recommended. Thus, the prerogative that the dental implants might be contraindicated in patients with osteoporosis is based upon the presumption that osteoporosis may affect the human jaws in the same method which it does affect other bones of the body. However, till date, there are no studies which conclude that osteoporosis increase the prevalence of peri-implantitis, chances of failure of dental implants and no data available to contraindicate the dental implants in osteoporotic patients. De Baz et al. [8] conducted study in 2015 to compare the quality of life of osteoporotic women with dental implant retained restorations as well as those who do not and concluded that implant retained oral rehabilitation of missing teeth has a statistically significant impact over non-implant or fixed restorations. Osteoporosis has no detrimental effect on implant failure rates neither on percentage of osseointegration. Here at the end, osteoporotic patients can be successfully treated with the dental implants with more precautions, proper treatment planning, and longer healing period. Furthermore longitudinal studies are required to be done to know the long term success rate of dental implants in osteoporotic patients.


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