One of the most revolutionary treatments devised by modern science involves the ability to transplant a healthy organ into a patient with one that is failing. This process may seem nearly miraculous for the recipient, but it does come with its share of concerns and complications. Primary among these is the need for ongoing immunosuppression therapy to prevent the body from rejecting the newly placed organ. While essential to keeping the patient and organ healthy, it also impacts the immune system throughout the body. Gum disease and tooth decay represent potential risks to the transplant’s success and the recipient’s ongoing health. The team at Dentistry of Miami is here to provide patients with these complex conditions in keeping their smiles healthy and beautiful while limiting the risk of complications from oral health concerns.
The Oral Health Connection In Successful Organ Transplants
Studies of organ transplant patients have revealed that those with good oral health have lower risks of complications following the procedure. This connection occurs both immediately following the transplant and into the future. There is no specific requirement for patients undergoing an organ transplant to have good oral health. However, the evidence is mounting that untreated gum disease and tooth decay can result in a higher failure rate for transplants and a greater risk of complications later on. This is due to these infections stimulating the immune system, causing elevated levels of inflammation and a greater risk of heart disease.
The Dentistry of Miami team can help you improve and maintain your oral health with the following services:
- Dental Cleanings – Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help even if you’re meticulously following a comprehensive dental hygiene routine. This treatment ensures that all remaining plaque and tartar have been removed and that the surfaces of your teeth have been polished to prevent bacterial regrowth. Further, it can address hard-to-reach areas and eliminate tartar and plaque.
- Dental Restorations – The presence of cracks, chips, and cavities can all make it easier for infection to get into the living pulp of your tooth. Addressing these concerns with dental restoration treatments ensures that the stability of the tooth is restored, and the risk of dental decay is greatly reduced in these teeth.
In addition to receiving these treatments, it’s essential that a comprehensive dental hygiene routine is followed. Brush your teeth morning and night, floss regularly, and make sure you use an antibacterial mouthwash. Combined, these practices will give you the highest chance of addressing existing oral health concerns and preventing future ones.
Contact Dentistry of Miami To Prepare For Your Treatment Today
Everyone should take steps to ensure their oral health is preserved and maintained. The dental hygiene routine is essential to achieving this, but it’s really the bare minimum for optimal oral health. Transplant patients can’t afford to take half measures in regard to their health. That’s why you can stop in and see our team at our offices in Miami, FL, or call ahead to schedule an appointment at (305) 598-2622.