The procurement and fitting of dentures are important part of dental health. Dentures are less expensive than obtaining a dental implant or several of them. A good denturist will take a medical history in order for each individual patient to have the best experience and outcome.
During the initial visit, a patient will be asked about medication and supplement they may be taking. While it may not seem relevant, it is for several reasons. If extractions are indicated, there are many drugs that interfere with bleeding. Blood thinners certainly will, but so will seemingly innocuous medications and supplements. These medications include common over the counter remedies such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen as well as some prescription anti-inflammatories such as celebrex. Any herbal and natural supplement such as gingko biloba, alpha lipoic acid, ginger and glucosamine are suspect in increasing bleeding times, as well.
Some medications may interfere with bone regrowth and may reduce healing times. Immunosuppresive drugs such as those used to treat HIV, and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, can interfere with healing and depress the immune response. Suppression of the immune response in autoimmune disorders is indicated and necessary, but the medications used for that can cause increased healing times for dental procedures. It is important for patients to discuss their medical histories and medications openly and honestly with their denturist. These will be more relevant in the case of a dental implant, but should not be neglected by the patient to mention to their denturist.
Oral birth control and estrogen supplements in women are also medications that seem innocent and forgotten, but they can also effect healing and bone structure and density.
If a patient is on an antibiotic medication, the denturist will likely delay fitting of the dentures until infection elsewhere has resolved.
Patients should not assume that any medication or supplement is not worth mentioning as it may deemed harmless. In most cases, the patient will simply be told to avoid taking these types of products prior to initial treatment.
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