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Volume 23 , Issue 5
September/October 2008

Pages 905–910


Effect of Osteoporotic Status on the Survival of Titanium Dental Implants

Christopher M. Holahan, DDS, MS/Sreenivas Koka, DDS, MS, PhD/Kurt A. Kennel, MD/Amy L. Weaver, MS/ Daniel A. Assad, DDS, MS/Frederick J. Regennitter, DDS, MS/Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD


PMID: 19014161

Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine whether a diagnosis of osteoporosis affected the survival rate of osseointegrated dental implants. Other variables that were studied were age, arch location of the implant, and smoking status on the effect of dental implant survival. Materials and Methods: A retrospective chart review was completed on all women who were 50 years of age or older at the time of dental implant placement at the Mayo Clinic between October 1, 1983, and December 31, 2004. Osteoporotic status was defined on the basis of bone mineral density (BMD) score utilizing World Health Organization criteria. Univariate analyses were performed to evaluate the following independent variables’ effect on implant survival: BMD T-score, age, osteoporosis status, arch location of the implant, and smoking status at the time of implant placement. Results: A total of 3,224 implants in 746 female patients 50 years of age or older at the time of implant placement were evaluated. BMD scores within 3 years of implant placement were available for 646 implants (192 patients). In this group, 37 implant failures were noted. The 5-year implant survival rate was 93.8% in the group of patients with BMD scores. In this group of 192 patients, there were 94 (49%) who were not diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, 57 (29.7%) with a diagnosis of osteopenia, and 41 (21.4%) with a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Patients with a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia were not significantly more likely to develop implant failure compared to those without such a diagnosis (HR = 1.14, 95% CI = 0.50 to 0.60, P = .76 and HR = 0.98, 95% CI = 0.40 to 2.42, P = .97, respectively). Arch location and BMD score did not have a statistically significant effect on implant survival rates. The only tested variable to demonstrate a significant effect was smoking. Implants in patients who were smokers during the time of implant placement were 2.6 times more likely to fail compared to implants placed in patients who did not smoke (HR = 2.6, 95% CI = 1.20 to 5.63; P = .016). Conclusions: Based upon the data derived from this retrospective study of 192 women at least 50 years of age at the time of implant placement, the following observations were made: (1) a diagnosis of osteoporosis and osteopenia did not contribute to increased risk of implant failure and (2) implants placed in patients who were smokers at the time of implant placement were 2.6 times more likely to fail than implants placed in nonsmokers. Based on these data, a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia is not a contraindication to dental implant therapy. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2008;23:905–910

Key words: dental implants, implant survival, osteoporosis


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