Dental Implants in Hepatitis C Patients

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Published on: April 19, 2012

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes an inflammation of the liver. It often does not produce any symptoms for years or even decades after initial infection, and by the time hepatitis C is discovered, the liver is commonly damaged and compromised. If you have hepatitis C and are exploring tooth replacement options, you may think you are not a candidate for dental implants because of your health condition. However, patients with chronic diseases are often viable candidates for implants if they meet certain criteria.

Criteria for Placing Dental Implants

In general, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure, such as having a filling placed, can tolerate dental implant placement. Healthy gums and bone are a must, so you should have oral health problems treated before your implants can be placed. You must also have adequate bone tissue in the jaw to support implants. If your bones show signs of deterioration, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before implant placement. Lastly, you may not be a good candidate if you smoke, as smoking will compromise your chances of success with dental implants.

Considerations for Hepatitis C Patients Receiving Dental Implants

You should not undergo a dental implant procedure if you are currently receiving treatment for your hepatitis C. Interferon, a medication commonly prescribed for this condition, can affect the bone tissue and reduce your chances of a successful outcome with implants. Hepatitis C is not a contraindication for dental implants, provided the condition has been treated, is in remission, and is not causing any serious health problems.

To talk with Dr. Seal about dental implants, contact our Dallas prosthodontist office today at (214) 361-0883. With over 25 years’ experience as a North Dallas prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Seal serves residents in the Katy Trail and SMU areas, as well as Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities.