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Do I have to stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) for a root canal?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
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In brief: Coumadin (warfarin) and RCT

I have been practicing dentistry for over 40 years & have done over 1000 rct's with many patients on coumadin (warfarin).
It has never been nor should be any problem. There is little or no bleeding with this procedure to even be a concern. Even with extractions and in consultation with cardiologist, i usually can manage simple extractions without a patient going off coumadin (warfarin). Ask your dds\md to confirm this.

In brief: Coumadin (warfarin) and RCT

I have been practicing dentistry for over 40 years & have done over 1000 rct's with many patients on coumadin (warfarin).
It has never been nor should be any problem. There is little or no bleeding with this procedure to even be a concern. Even with extractions and in consultation with cardiologist, i usually can manage simple extractions without a patient going off coumadin (warfarin). Ask your dds\md to confirm this.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Coumdin would increase your blood loss during procedure.

In brief: Yes

Coumdin would increase your blood loss during procedure.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: Root canal coumadin (warfarin)

Generally a root canal procedure doesn't cause bleeding unless it is very inflamed or done past apex of tooth, but ask your physician that gave you the prescription for advise, it may be very important for your case to stay on it.
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In brief: Root canal coumadin (warfarin)

Generally a root canal procedure doesn't cause bleeding unless it is very inflamed or done past apex of tooth, but ask your physician that gave you the prescription for advise, it may be very important for your case to stay on it.
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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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In brief: Coumadin (warfarin) and rct

No you do not need to stop or alter your Coumadin (warfarin) when a root canal is to be done.
Coumadin (warfarin) is only altered in dosage when a surgical procedure will be performed that will cause bleeding such as having a tooth extracted.

In brief: Coumadin (warfarin) and rct

No you do not need to stop or alter your Coumadin (warfarin) when a root canal is to be done.
Coumadin (warfarin) is only altered in dosage when a surgical procedure will be performed that will cause bleeding such as having a tooth extracted.
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Yes

Yes, it will increase your risk for bleeding.
Discuss with your doctor regarding your plan for root canal. If you really have to be covered by blood thinner-your doctor may want to bridge you/give you blood thinner injection when you are off coumadin (warfarin).

In brief: Yes

Yes, it will increase your risk for bleeding.
Discuss with your doctor regarding your plan for root canal. If you really have to be covered by blood thinner-your doctor may want to bridge you/give you blood thinner injection when you are off coumadin (warfarin).
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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