Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

hearthealthIf you are planning to have heart surgery, you may want to hold off on getting any teeth that may need to be pulled until after your surgery. Read the following study to understand more. Thanks for visiting us at Mt. Juliet and Cookeville Endodontics.

If you’re a heart patient, you might be wise to wait to have any infected teeth pulled if you’re about to have cardiac surgery, a new study suggests.

In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that 8 percent of heart patients who did not wait to have teeth pulled suffered major adverse health outcomes, such as a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death.

“Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association label dental extraction as a minor procedure, with the risk of death or non-fatal heart attack estimated to be less than 1 percent,” study co-author Dr. Mark Smith said in a statement. “Our results, however, documented a higher rate of major adverse outcomes [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][with the extractions].”

Such extractions are commonly done ahead of some types of heart surgery to lower the chances of infection during the procedure or avoid inflammation of the inner layer of the heart after the operation, the researchers noted.

However, the study didn’t pinpoint what risks might be posed by postponing major dental care until after heart surgery. The study also didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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