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Can You Have Surgery With Bad Teeth?
Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Oral infections are a risk factor for surgery, and your surgeon will recommend that you address any evidence of dental infections. Some hospitals will even require compulsory dental clearance before surgery. Read to understand why you cannot have surgery with bad teeth.
Bad Teeth Increase Your Risk Of Infection
Poor oral health will cause the bacteria in your mouth to increase and spread to the rest of your body, risking your overall health, hence the need for a dental exam before surgery. The exam rules out gum diseases and infections that can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and settle into the surgical areas. While your surgeon will request clearance for a wide range of surgeries, this clearance is essential for heart procedures and organ transplants.
Dental Work Requiring Anesthesia
Those getting dental work that requires anesthesia may be at risk if they also have poor heart health. Several research studies have shown that persons who had tooth extractions before heart surgery developed complications like kidney failure or stroke or even died. Therefore, discuss with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon the dental work you need, their timing, and the risks of the surgery you want to undertake.
What To Do If You Have an Unacceptable Dental Result
A positive dental result indicates good oral health, and you can proceed with your surgery. On the other hand, negative results indicate a dental issue, requiring you to sign up for a complex or simple dental plan in preparation for your surgery, depending on the condition of your teeth.
Contact Us for Any Clarification
Often, your surgeon will advise you to delay your surgery to fix bad teeth and oral complications for at least six months before the surgery, or even longer, depending on the surgery. Adhering to this plan is advisable to prevent possible risks that bad teeth pose to surgical sites. Contact our offices for more information on the relationship between bad teeth and surgery.