Vitamin D deficiency and implant failure feat. Michael Foley: Boost your DentistryIQ

How does a patient’s vitamin D intake (or lack thereof) affect the success or failure of the person’s implant? More research is being done on this topic. Michael Foley of Dentamedica elaborates.

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD

What is the role of Vitamin D for an implant to successfully survive in a patient’s mouth? Michael Foley, president of Dentamedica, says that studies of Vitamin D as it relates to dentistry during the last 10 to 20 years are providing answers. Vitamin D has been well known for its benefits as an immune booster for a long time, but its benefits have only recently come to the attention of those in the dental profession.

During his discussion with Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, Foley says studies show that 40% to 70% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. It is now being learned that these people are at greater risk of implant failure. What can dentists do to check whether their implant patients have enough vitamin D? Dentamedica provides a simple pin-prick blood test for dentists to use on patients. If someone is deficient, Dentamedica also offers supplements for patients to take before the implant procedure and for two weeks after surgery.

There are more Vitamin D and dentistry research results being shared all the time. To learn more, take a few minutes to watch this video discussion.

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