For surgeries such as open heart surgery or artificial joint replacement surgery, a surgeon may require dental clearance prior to the procedure. This clearance is required due to scientific evidence that high-risk oral bacteria can travel throughout the body, from a bleeding gum, and compromise the healing of an artificial joint. This complication can lead to the failure of the surgery, increased revision costs, or long-term health consequences.
At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we provide the highest level of care to all our patients, to lower their risk and eliminate any of these high-risk oral bacteria known to cause failure of artificial joints and that can lead to systemic inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and pregnancy complications.
A New Level of Dental Clearance
A common standard of care for dental clearances is to provide a simple 30 minute tooth cleaning and sign off for surgery. We know this method isn't good enough, so we go above and beyond the standard of care by doing a saliva test for high-risk oral bacteria. Through this method, we can make sure that a potential asymptomatic infection in your mouth won't drive inflammation in your body that can lead to surgical complications.
We offer this service to any patient who is undergoing surgery, who would like a full assessment of their oral health prior to an elective procedure. Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus is also built on a foundation of medical-dental collaboration, so we also offer this service to surgeons, as a means to lower your surgical liability from any post-surgical complications. We go above and beyond traditional dental clearance in Columbus, Ohio, to ensure both the surgeon and the patient that they are safe to undergo invasive surgery.