Do you have a heart condition? If so, you’ll know that undergoing even a minor medical procedure can be a major problem
No matter the kind of procedure you need done, you need to consider the potential complications that might arise, as well as the impact it might have on your prescribed medications. Until recently, dental implant surgery was one such procedure — heart patients had a number of factors to consider before beginning the process.
The good news? Dental implant procedures are now much less invasive than they used to be, allowing heart patients to feel safe and worry less about complications and interruptions to the long-term use of anticoagulant medications.
What kinds of techniques are available for heart patients?
Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, there are now some much less invasive options when it comes to implant procedures. The Journal of Oral Implantology presented two cases in which a flapless surgical technique was used instead of a conventional technique. During this flapless technique, implants are drilled directly through the soft tissue into the bone. But, what are the benefits? As it turns out, the technique reduced bleeding — a particularly important factor for heart patients who are on a lifelong regimen of blood thinners. It also lessened surgery time and postoperative pain, as well as inflammation.
So, is this the answer for heart patients?
It’s important to note, of course, that the results were based on an individual study. For this reason, it’s essential to consult with one’s doctors and dentists before considering the procedure. Additionally, the issue of discontinuing anticoagulant medications before implant surgery is still being researched and debated. While the preliminary study suggested that the flapless technique was safe for heart patients, more studies will need to be performed to confirm the findings.
Are implants worth it?
Dental implants are currently one of the most exciting advancements of modern dentistry. They are strong and durable, and work to maintain the look and function of natural teeth. Implants are held in the jawbone much like natural teeth. This means that they eventually fuse with your bone and function like real teeth roots. As such, implants provide perfect function and restore one’s ability to eat and speak without the need for a removable oral appliance.
Implants also help to prevent other oral health issues. If left untreated, missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to shift. This then provides more space for bacteria to accumulate, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Gaps left by missing teeth can also contribute to bone loss in the jaw and alter the shape of the jawline. Implants keep teeth in place and help maintain supportive bone structure.
Because implants are custom-made for each patient, they are designed to match one’s real teeth both in shade and size. The result? A beautiful, natural-looking smile.
So, what’s the answer?
If you have a heart condition, we strongly recommend leaving nothing to chance. Discuss the issue with your doctor and raise any questions or concerns you have. We also encourage you to book a consultation with Dr. Andrew Hall. He will advise you on the best treatment option for you and guide you throughout the process. He has an extensive record of success in helping his patients restore bite function, improve overall oral health, and rejuvenate the beauty of their smiles with implants. Contact us here to schedule a complimentary consultation.
To find out the difference between implants and dentures; read about the benefits of dental implants; and find out whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, download our comprehensive (and free!) guide to dental implants here.