Warning:Prescription Drugs and Dental Health

We recently had a situation that made me want to put out some general information on this blog. If you happen to be on medications to treat high blood pressure, angina, arrhythmia, or migraines, you need to be aware that they are the calcium-channel blockers and beta blockers. This will very likely increase your risk for gingival hyperplasia, or gum enlargement.  Unfortunately, this makes you more prone to periodontal disease, which if left untreated can lead to tooth loss.

Some of the symptoms include swelling of the gums and bleeding.  In some of the more difficult cases gingival reduction surgery may be necessary.

To help fight these issues we recommend brushing three times a day instead of two, making sure you floss daily. I would also let your dentist know what medications you are taking. He may recommend having your teeth cleaned more often than every six months.

Hopefully, when you and your dentist work together, serious issues can be prevented.

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Worried about getting dentures

I have to get complete dentures in a month, and I’m a little worried about it. Will they take out all my teeth at once? Do they put you under for it?

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Yes, they will more than likely take out all of your teeth at once. However, there are many ways to make this procedure painless for you. You may want to look for a sedation dentist. Each of them have different procedures they use. Some use oral sedation, and some use IV sedation.

We’ve had patients even just use a local anesthesia, because they prefer to be alert for the entire procedure. However, if you’re very nervous, your metabolism will burn off a local pretty quickly. In that case oral or IV sedation may be a better idea.

You may be interested in reading about Dental Implants, which can prevent you from having more problems down the road.

This blog is brought to you by Boston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.