If you have haemophilia, then you know that you need to take extra care of your body every day to prevent an injury which may result in prolonged bleeding. This extra care extends to the dental field as well, specifically where dental procedures are concerned.
A teeth cleaning at a regular check-up with your dentist should cause you no problems, especially if you tell your dentist that you have haemophilia. But certain dental procedures are another story entirely. Tooth extractions, gum surgery, dental implants, and other dental procedures which involve an incision to oral tissue can obviously cause problems because of your haemophilia.
If you need to undergo one of these procedures, let you dentist know that you have haemophilia so they can contact your haemophilia team. There are a few steps that your haemophilia team and dentist may recommend to prevent excess bleeding such as:
- Having the procedure performed at a specialist’s center
- Receiving factor replacement therapy to help your blood clot
- Stitching the tissue together using resorbable sutures.
- Having your dentist apply a fibrin sealant to the wound site (a material often used in dentistry to promote clotting and healing)
- Checking up with your haemophilia team in the days following the procedure.
The best thing you can do for your health is to prevent the need for dental procedures by keeping good oral hygiene practices. Be sure to brush and floss daily, avoid foods high in sugar, and visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning.