Study finds postmenopausal women with osteoporosis have better quality of life when treated with dental implants

Not everything gets better with age.

Not everything gets better with age.

Women who are postmenopausal and have osteoporosis unfortunately have been proven to have a greater risk of tooth loss.

A new study conducted by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers determined dental implants may be the best treatment for these women.

The results appeared in the Journal of International Dentistry as part of several studies about dental treatments for women with osteoporosis. 

The study included 237 women who completed a 23-question survey that included information on occupational, emotional and sexual behaviors as well as overall health. Sixty-four of the participants had dental implants, while 47 had non-implant restorations. Sixty-six had no restorations.

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"Oral health-related quality of life in women is poorly understood," the study says. "Traditionally, dental investigations are concerned with treatment efficacy involving clinical parameters rather than individual patient perspective. In contrast, The World Health Organization recognizes the importance of oral-health-related QoL within this framework through campaigns that portray not only images of pain-free living but also esthetic images using attractive smiles as an image of enhanced well-being. As a result of this difference, recent research is refocused to consider how oral health affects far reaching aspects of life such as psychosocial interaction, self-esteem, intimacy, overall health and performance at work."

The study's results determined women with dental implants had a higher overall quality of life compared to women with non-implant restorations or no restorations. The researchers concluded dentists should keep psychosocial factors as well as esthetics and overall functionality in mind when treating patients.

To read more about the study and its findings, click here.

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