A 56-year-old member asked:
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I take daily warfrin for my mechanical heart valve and have never had any issues..... I want a full set of dental implants.... What do I need to know?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience in General Surgery
Bridge therapy: Dental specialist won't pull your teeth and perform implants on warfarin therapy; risk/incidence of gum/jaw bleeding too high. Heart doctor won't want you off warfarin therapy; risk of clotting with mechanical valve too high. Bridge therapy, which your doctor or anticoagulation clinic can provide, will keep you safe on both issues. Good luck and great question.
Answered on Jul 25, 2013
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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Yes, also you need of prophylactic antibiotic give just before procedure to prevent infection to the heart valves.
Mar 23, 2012
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg commented
31 years experience in General Surgery
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Hi AJ4 and Dr. Addagada, yes I do agree with the recommendation for antibiotics. Being anxious is understandable AJ4. I congratulate on dealin with your health issues so well. Hope all went well.
Mar 23, 2012

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