An implant consists of a titanium post shaped like a screw. It is placed into the jawbone beneath the gum. A crown—the visible part of the tooth—is attached to the post.

Researchers at McGill University found that the medications a person is taking can dramatically affect the success rate of dental implants. In particular, heartburn drugs can more than double the chances of tooth implant failure. Heartburn drugs affect the body’s calcium processing. This may damage the ability of the jawbone to heal around the implant screw, researchers say. Scientists already knew that drugs for heartburn reduce calcium absorption in bones and generally increase the risk of bone fractures..

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