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Doctor insights on: Pacemaker Dental Precautions

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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My teeth have rotted and my cardiologist won't install my pacemaker until they are pulled. Can't she do it now if I'm on antibiotics?

My teeth have rotted and my cardiologist won't install my pacemaker until they are pulled. Can't she do it now if I'm on antibiotics?

Likely yes, but: It depends on the cardiologist. They may also want a follow up note from your dentist to say that you had a good response to antibiotics and your gum line looks healthy. Hope this helps ...Read more

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What is the possiable injeries risk and precaution in dental clinic and laboratory setting?

What is the possiable injeries risk and precaution in dental clinic and laboratory setting?

Too broad: Your question is very broad and not easily answered on this type of forum. Can you be more specific as to what you want to know and why? Perhaps then, we can be more helpful. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can dental x-rays without precaution cause chromosome deletion to the baby?

Can dental x-rays without precaution cause chromosome deletion to the baby?

Not likely: The modern dental x-ray dose is very low. The x-ray beam is also columated so the beam is very small. Virtually no scatter exists. Also, the dentist generally shields your body with a lead apron. The beam is pointed at the patients tooth, not their abdomen. X-rays are much safer than dr oz will have you believe. ...Read more

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What dental precautions should be taken for a child with congenital heart defect?

What dental precautions should be taken for a child with congenital heart defect?

Depends on the defct: Chd is quite a variable diagnosis & some conditions do require antibiotics be taken prior to and just after dental procedures to prevent bacteria that may be set loose from infecting a valve or graft. The specific recommendations depend on the type of defect & or repair. You should have your pcp, pediatrician or pedi cardiologist review current recommendations with you & follow them. ...Read more

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Dental hygiene advice on the best proper care routine, techniques, and precautions for bulimics. It relapsesapproximately 5-7 days monthly; otherwise has a healthy diet.

Dental hygiene advice on the best proper care routine, techniques, and precautions for bulimics. It relapsesapproximately 5-7 days monthly; otherwise has a healthy diet.

Floride rinse: Bulimia is destructive to your teeth due to the high concentration of gastrointestinal acids that pass through the oral cavity. This lowers the ph of the area and causes destruction of enamel until the ph can be increased to a more neutral level. Using a Fluoride rinse like act! Will help by increasing the ph at a more rapid rate than your saliva does naturally. ...Read more

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Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients usually have structural abnormalities of the heart muscle and can have rhythm abnormalities so yes. Dental care both in the office and at home is important. A dentist some office procedures and drugs could be problematic. Poor dental hygiene at home could result in infections which could cause valve problems. So dental care is important. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia. Are there any precautions I should take before dental work?

I have sickle cell anemia.  Are there any precautions I should take before dental work?

Not usually: It is important to let your dentist know, but most procedures don't have a major impact for sickle cell. Procedures that involve more bleeding would be of greater concern, things like extractions, dental implants, etc. ...Read more

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What are the precautions for dental cleanings-prophylaxis without deep subgingival scaling of children with sickle cell anemia?

What are the precautions for dental cleanings-prophylaxis without deep subgingival scaling of children with sickle cell anemia?

No extra precautions: Routine dental cleanings (prophylaxis) for children with sickle cell anemia are not different from dental prophylaxis for normal children. Because children are not sedated, the risk of decreased oxygenation is not there. For "operative" dental procedures such as tooth extractions and root canals, prophylactic antibiotics can be considered. ...Read more

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I have three crowns on my front teeth placed few hours ago, what precautions should I take? And the crowns seem a little brighter than my other teeth?

I have three crowns on my front teeth placed few hours ago, what precautions should I take? And the crowns seem a little brighter than my other teeth?

New crowns: Would it make more sense to post this question on the internet ; have it answered by dentists who have not seen you, your mouth nor know the type of crowns made or.... By the dentist who actually treated you? It is difficult or impossible to exactly match crowns to natural teeth. Discuss this issue with your dentist as well. We can't evaluate how well it matches not being able to see it ourselves. ...Read more

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I've extracted my wisdom teeth, what are the precautions I've to do?

I've extracted my wisdom teeth, what are the precautions I've to do?

See below: For a faster healing you want to keep the area clean. Using warm salt water to rinse the area will help. Avoid hard, spicy and hot food. ...Read more

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6 mo old 4th tooth is coming in. Should I worry about those teeth coming in so early. Should I take extra precaution?

No Problem: Teeth eruption varies considerably among children. No unusual to see 4 teeth in a 4-month-old baby.
No special precautions is needed.
Thank you. ...Read more

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My lower front teeth was broken while playing in school during my childhood. Will it affect in future what precautions should I take.

My lower front teeth was broken while playing in school during my childhood. Will it affect in future what precautions should I take.

Childhood accident: A clinical exam, x-rays and pulp testing can easily determine the extent of any previous or present injury to the teeth and supporting tissues. At that time, your dentist can discuss any necessary treatment, precautions and the possible restorative improvements. ...Read more

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Sir can I Straighten my front teeth by applying manual pressure? Is there any side effect or some kind of precaution to be taken???

Sir can I Straighten my front teeth by applying manual pressure?  Is there any side effect or some kind of precaution to be taken???

Self treatment: Trying to straighten your teeth manually simply won't work and even if you were able to make slight improvement, the teeth won't stay in place. Seek qualified Orthodontic treatment or accept what you have. Orthodontists have years of training and experience and special appliances and materials to achieve their goals. ...Read more

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15 wk pregnant. Pain in wisdom teeth. Adviced to take out all 4 wisdom teeth. Wht precautions req in oral surgery for pregnant women?

15 wk pregnant. Pain in wisdom teeth. Adviced to take out all 4 wisdom teeth. Wht precautions req in oral surgery for pregnant women?

See OS ASAP: Dental care, wisdom teeth removal and dental anesthesia is safe and essential during pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a reason to defer routine dental care or treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth extracted a day ago: I am paranoid of getting dry socket. What precautions can I take?

Wisdom teeth extracted a day ago: I am paranoid of getting dry socket. What precautions can I take?

Read up at Mayo : Clinic: www.Mayoclinic. Com › ... › basics
dry socket — comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes and treatments of this painful dental ... Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 92 year old father has bleeding problems. What precautions should he take before oral surgery to remove infected teeth?

My 92 year old father has bleeding problems. What precautions should he take before oral surgery to remove infected teeth?

Thorough Evaluation: A thorough consultation needs to be performed by the surgeon who will be performing the surgery for your father. Your surgeon will need to have a complete medical history on your father as well as a complete list of all medications, prescribed as well as overt the counter medications taken by your father so that the surgeon can provide you with preoperative instructions. ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

It Varies: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not distinguish between what was patient costs vs. Insurance costs. ...Read more

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Can a pacemaker expire?

Can a pacemaker expire?

The battery runs out: The battery runs out after years and the whole unit needs to be replaced. ...Read more

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How do pacemakers appear?

How do pacemakers appear?

Small implant: It usually appears as a small implant in the left or right upper chest area --. ...Read more

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How does a pacemaker work?

How does a pacemaker work?

Artificial pacemaker: Artificial (implantable) pacemakers are mostly regulated by a sensor that recognizes motion. It's similar to the sensor that changes your phone/ipads display from portrait to landscape, based on the direction of the device. There are other sensors, such as ones that measure the density of blood in the heart and chest motion (simulating breathing). Get your routine pacemaker maintenance checks. ...Read more

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Who should use pacemakers?

Who should use pacemakers?

HeartRhythm or block: Pacemakers are most commonly necessary for patients with bradycardia- slow heart rate, tachycardia — fast heart rate, and heart block — when the heart stops beating for several seconds. ...Read more

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How do pacemakers function?

How do pacemakers function?

Pacemaker: When the heart rate slows down to a certain level the pacer senses this then puts out an electrical impulse to cause the heart to contract. ...Read more

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When do you need a pacemaker?

When do you need a pacemaker?

Be seen: See your cardiologist to stratify your risk and possible need for a pacemaker. ...Read more

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What exactly does a pacemaker do?

What exactly does a pacemaker do?

A pacemaker: Is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. ...Read more

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What happens with two pacemakers?

More info needed: What do you mean? We never leave two pacemakers active in the same patient. Each would sense the others' activity and abnormal behavior of both would result. ...Read more

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When were pacemakers introduced in people?

1958: The first pacemaker implanted in a human was in 1958 by dr. Senning in sweden. The first implant in the United States was in 1960. ...Read more

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How many people have pacemakers in the us?

How many people have pacemakers in the us?

pacemakers: Difficult to know for sure, over 100, 000 pacers are implanted/year in the us; chances there are well over a million patients and likely multiple millions with the devices living in the us. ...Read more

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What is involved in putting a pacemaker in?

What is involved in putting a pacemaker in?

Pacemaker Implant: A pacemaker is about the size of a small pager, but 1/2 as thick. It's implanted, under the skin, through a small incision, just under the collar bone. Two wires are threaded through a vein that travels under the collar bone. The wires follow vein back to your heart. Procedure takes about an hour and overnight hospital stay is common. Mild sedatives are and local pain control is usually used. ...Read more