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Bleeding Disorders

Everyone should have easy access to dental care, even patients that suffer from bleeding disorders. Some patients, either due to natural conditions or from prescription drugs, are unable to form blood clots that result in excessive bleeding that can contraindicate certain procedures. Depending on the type and severity of the bleeding disorder, your dentist and staff can help address and treat your needs as part of a care team that communicates directly with your primary care physician or other medical specialist.

If you are self-medicating on an aspirin regime, it is important to let your dental provider know. Aspirin use is one of the most commonly used blood thinners that can affect your dental care. In fact, it may take up to a week or longer before blood-clotting capabilities return after discontinuing the use of aspirin.

Routine clinical bleeding from procedures like teeth extractions can usually be managed by your dentist taking proactive measures to address bleeding disorders. Always let your dentist know which medications you take, as well as the dosages, as these can greatly affect very normal procedures. In some cases it is not needed to change your routine medication for dental therapy. Do not take aspirin or NSAIDs to manage pain or discomfort after your dental procedure as this could further complicate the inability of the blood to clot.

Common procedures such as cleanings or fillings are completely manageable for patients with bleeding disorders. For more invasive treatment needs such as periodontal therapy or gum surgery, there may be a need for your dentist to consult with your specialist to determine the protocol necessary to prevent any complications.

Posted on the behalf of ToothMasters


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