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Technology Allows for Safer, Less Invasive Treatment of Those with Blood Disorders

Technology Allows for Safer, Less Invasive Treatment of Those with Blood Disorders

At Wells Family Dental Group, we are always looking to utilize the latest in medical technology in order to treat our patients in the safest, least invasive, and most effective way possible.  New technologies benefit all patients; however, they can be particularly transformative for the treatment of patients with bleeding disorders.

In treating a patient with a bleeding disorder, your dentist at Wells Family Dental Group will development a treatment plan that addresses potential bleeding and the associated complications from two angles.  First, your dentist will choose the least invasive procedure that utilizes the best available technology to minimize the amount of bleeding that will occur during and after the procedure. Second, based on the procedure chosen your dentist will work with your hematologist to develop a medication treatment plan appropriate to the invasiveness of the procedure and the type and severity of your particular bleeding disorder.

In terms of minimizing the invasiveness of dental procedures, the greatest recent advancement in technology has been the use of lasers.  Many people still dread going to the dentist because it conjures the memory of a loud, painful drill boring a hole into their tooth, but at Wells Family Dental Group the drill is a thing of the past.  Laser technology has three primary attributes, which benefit all patients, but are of paramount significance to those with bleeding disorders. First, there is no cutting, which means no stitches and a minimal amount of bleeding.  Also, because there is no cutting, the healing time is faster and the risk of infection is lower, reducing the occurrence of failed clots and potential need for additional reparative procedures. Second, most laser procedures are largely painless and do not require numbing injections in the gums, again lowering the amount of bleeding and inflammation.  Third, a laser is much more precise than a drill and, therefore, the dentist is able to direct it only at the affected part of the tooth, leaving as much of the healthy tooth intact as possible. In addition to laser technology, Wells Family Dental Group uses the latest imaging technology available, including all digital radiography and intraoral digital cameras.  These imaging technologies remove guesswork from the process, allowing your dentist to develop precise treatment plan that targets only diseased areas.

The use of genetic engineering technology in the development of medicines for the treatment of bleeding disorders is, of course, technically an advancement in hematological, and not dental, technology.  However, these medicines have greatly changed for patients with bleeding disorders the calculus involved in evaluating the risk of undergoing a dental procedure. In the past, patients with bleeding disorders were treated with either direct blood transfusions or with distillates extracted from human blood and, therefore, carried with them the risk of contracting diseases such as Hepatitis or HIV.  Thus, a patient was forced to weigh the benefit of undergoing a dental procedure against the risk contracting a disease. Today, genetically engineered clotting factors, such as Advate, are 100% safe and have eliminated the risk of disease from the equation.

Call Wells Family Dental Group Today

Don’t assume that a bleeding disorder prevents you from solving any of the dental issues you may have.  Call Wells Family Dental Group today to set up and initial consultation. Allow us to show you how our technology can provide you with the safest and most effective treatment possible!

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