Nov 07, 2009 - 3:38 pm
I had a very successful bone marrow transplant for leukemia in 1997 with total body radiation. I never heard or read anything about the effect of the radiation on bone strength. But I just had a dental implant fail just a few months after placement and am wondering if it could be due to the radiation weakening the bone. My oral surgeon has no knowledge. The failure rate of implants is so low overall - 2-4% I read - that I think its no coincidence.