Implant treatments at Oliver&Alcázar are less invasive and less traumatic, are done without surgical knives and practically without any bleeding. Thus, patients who are in treatment with anticoagulants can have dental implant treatment, provided that they advise their professional dentist and follow out-patient supervision for these drugs.
What are anticoagulants?
Anticoagulants are a type of drug that stops the creation or increase of blood clots. They are essential because in cases of heart failure, clots in the heart or blood vessels are usually formed.
People often call them blood thinners, but what they actually do is prevent the blood from stopping and forming clots where it shouldn’t.
What is INR?
Blood analysis is required to determine the effect of warfarin on each person and this is measured as the International Normalised Ratio, or INR. INR is a measurement that tells us how long it takes for blood to coagulate.
The higher the INR is, the longer it will take the blood to clot. The INR range you should be in will depend on the reason why you are taking warfarin.
Anticoagulant implant treatments
This type of procedure can be considered to have low bleeding risk (minor surgery) and, consequently, do not require the anticoagulant dosage to be suspended or modified. As a general norm, taking the drug is resumed 48 or 72 hours after the procedure, if there is high risk of bleeding, and 24 hours after surgery, if the risk is low. The placement of dental implants today has been shown to have no contraindications for patients who are taking an oral anticoagulant.
- Make your appointment for dental surgery in the morning, so that the medical team can resolve any possible problems or worsening during the course of the day.
- During the first postoperative day, it is not advisable to rinse out your mouth or gargle.
- Eat little and only cold foods for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Do not touch the operated area with your fingers or tongue to prevent possible infections.