ORAL SURGERY PATIENTS TAKING ANTICOAGULANTS

Advances in medical and surgical care over the years have resulted in a continual increase in life expectancy and individuals surviving who have more significant healthcare concerns. It is very common to see patients with various disease states requiring blood thinners (anticoagulants). Many of these patients are significantly anticoagulated (INR > 2.5). As an oral surgery team, we have to be aware that such individuals are at an increased risk of uncontrolled bleeding in the event of an injury or secondary to a surgical procedure such as extraction of a tooth.

How Anticoagulant Drugs Affect Oral Surgery

There are advanced techniques that can be used to aid in this care such as PRGF, advanced flap and suturing techniques, and surgical site medicaments. We use all of these in our practice where indicated or desired. In many cases, we inherit the patient after care has already been provided somewhere else and bleeding becomes a concern. This obviously places us at a disadvantage, but we have the knowledge and experience to help.

The take-home message is that, as we deal with improved quality of life and prolonged life through advancements in surgery and medicine, we also have to be very aware of the risks and potential side effects of such therapies. Proper technique and preventative treatments can go a long way toward improving the safety of your dental and oral surgical care.

Gentle Oral Surgery Team in Milwaukee

Our patients benefit from being treated by an oral surgery team with their best interests in mind. For a consultation with our gentle, positive oral surgery team, call Wagner Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists at (262) 634-4646 today! Our professional, experienced oral surgeon will take excellent care of you.

Ref: J Oral Maxillofac Surg 72:858-867, 2014

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