I very much need to have dental work for cavities and possible extractions and will need either partials or implants. I am on Aggrenox (for TIA) and Lisinopril(Hypertension) and am very concerned about how a Dentist should approach my dental needs while not causing me problems in the medical area. My PCP has told me that I will have to stop the Aggrenox 1 week prior to the dental work and then start it again after the dental work is completed. Since the only concern would be bleeding problems, I'm thinking I won't have to stop the Aggrenox for the fillings which I would do first and then only have to stop it for the tooth extractions. I want to select the right Dentist for this but have no idea how to select one. Can you respond to the medical issue and the selection of a competent dentist.Thank you

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  • Bruce Shepard

    Bruce Shepard 12 - February - 2011, at 16:29 PM

  • Dr. Ritz----thank you very much for your prompt response concerning the use of acetaminophen. That was very helpful.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 11 - February - 2011, at 19:50 PM

  • Yes your dentist is right in not extracting the tooth when you are taking drugs like asprin as they are blood thinners and there are chances of more bleeding and clot formation is delayed. For this the blood thinner has to be stopped. If you are having pain then you can take acetaminophen.It is not a blood thinner. it is a analgesic.

  • Bruce Shepard

    Bruce Shepard 11 - February - 2011, at 16:34 PM

  • A few days ago I broke a tooth and met with the dentist about extracting it. When he learned I was on aspirin he told me he could not do the extraction for 7 days because aspirin is a blood thinner. I'm experiencing some pain from that broken tooth and wonder if I could take acetaminophen for it. Is this med a blood thinner? Thanks, B Shepard

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 05 - August - 2010, at 19:43 PM

  • For your problem first you have to visit the dentist who after taking the detailed medical and dental hstory, clinical examination and after taking the pano will make the dianosis and decide about the treatment plan like which procedure has to be done before so that you have to stop or decrease the dose of your medication for minimum time. He may opt for extractions first and then go for the restorations. It depends upon which teeth are involved . For selecting the dentist it is better to go for the specialists. for dentist specialist you can browse our site for dentist listings.

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