A joint study conducted at the Biotechnology Institute in Blue Bell, PA and the OSI Araba University Hospital in Vitoria, Spain has found that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause patients to grind their teeth at night, and can also have a highly negative influence on dental implants. 67 patients were monitored altogether in the research project.

These participants had complications ranging from porcelain fractures, loosening of screws, de-cementation, and fractures of either the screws or the implants themselves. In addition, there was a strong correlation between those patients who experienced bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, and complications with the dental implants.

Success rate of dental implants

Ordinarily, there is an extremely high rate of success – in the neighborhood of 95% – with dental implants, so the study findings are cause for concern, since they indicate that OSA can significantly impact that success rate. Your Westlake, CA sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Steven Greenman, urges you to suggest to patients who have had dental implants and are also troubled by obstructive sleep apnea to have regular checkups, so that any deterioration of the implants can be detected early.

If you have a patient who falls into this category, the DSM Solutions team recommends that you read the details of this study, published in the Journal of Oral Implantology for further information, and that you consider learning more with our DSM team to provide continued good sleep apnea dentistry for your patients.

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