Vitamin D deficiency and Dental Implantology

Remove doubt with easy and accurate in-practice testing.

Vitamin D is produced in the skin either using sunlight or through the ingestion of plant-based food and helps us absorb Calcium and Phosphorous from the diet – critical for healthy bone and teeth as well as other metabolic functions.

Vitamin D2 is mainly found in plant-based food whereas vitamin D3 is produced in the skin through exposure to sunlight. Both are metabolised to an active form called 25 hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D.

  • Vitamin D Deficiency is a major global public health issue.
  • 1 billion people are Vitamin D deficient worldwide.
  • According to studies, roughly 70% of our western society is deficient.

Why is Vitamin D Deficiency increasing?

The longer we spend inside either due to healthcare issues, inclement weather or working at desks makes us more susceptible as does changes to our diet. A vegan diet or avoidance of milk is associated with higher deficiency and even a balanced diet can leave us deficient.

What are the effects of Vitamin D deficiency?

Deficiency exacerbates osteopenia, osteoporosis and fractures and increases the risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Stabilising Vitamin D Levels will:

  • Reduce Depression
  • Reduce Risk of Flu
  • Reduce Risk of Heart Attacks
  • Reduce Risk of Cancer
  • Improve Immune System
  • Improve Bone and Tooth Health

What about Dental Implant and Bone Surgery?

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with up to a 300% increase in dental implant failure rate while also increasing dental-related complications. Optimizing levels before surgery becomes fundamental for optimal patient healing and reducing failures for the clinician.

What is the normal range and what testing options exist?

Vitamin D is measured in nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL) or nmol/L. Deficiency is defined as less than 20, Insufficient 20-29 and sufficient at 30+

When should a patient be tested to improve Dental Implant and Bone Grafting success?

  • At consent or first consultation.
  • After a course of supplements and Immediately prior to Implant or Bone graft Surgery.
  • After an unexplained Implant failure or slow bone healing procedure.

What are the options for testing Dental patients?

  • Refer via the GP to an NHS Laboratory.
  • Send to a private laboratory.
  • Purchase a home test.
  • Measure in-practice.

In-Practice Testing with Spark D

With Spark D practices can easily perform a reliable and accurate chairside test in 15 minutes at less than half the cost a patient will pay for a laboratory test.

Spark D is a lateral flow finger-prick blood test that is read in conjunction with either a CUBE reader or the new SPARK-D Mobile App with a NUMERIC RESULT in 15 minutes.

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High accuracy

Spark D detects Vitamin D2 and D3 in range of 4 ng/ml – 100 ng/ml with high specificity.

Read more about the Spark D in-practice Test HERE.

Deficient Patient – What Next?

Deficiency is treated with a minimum of 6000 to 10000 IU/day via tablet or injection.

Values typically drop during and after surgery which is why it is important to test levels in anyone taking supplements before surgery is initiated. Any treatment should be continued for a few weeks post-surgery to ensure levels are maintained over the critical healing phase.

DentaMedica® Bone Boost – The science behind dental healing.

DentaMedica® is a unique formulation of Vitamins D, K, A, C, B with Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Selenium and Bioflavonoids which provides 6000 IU/Day spread in am and pm dosage 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery to: 

  • enhance bone healing.
  • improve soft tissue healing.
  • support the immune system.
  • reduce inflammation.
  • minimize infection.

Patients undergoing extensive surgery, over 65, diabetic, smokers, immune-compromised or those on corticosteroids are advised to complete a 12-week course – 8 weeks before and 4 after.

Dental Medica Bone Boost is supplied at the request of a clinician from Restore Surgical. Read more HERE