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    Old 12-01-2002, 09:18 PM   #1
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    dental work after spinal surgery

    I am two months ago day from my one level C-5/6 level fusion with donor bone and hardware.

    In the past two weeks, I have had a big dental filling fall out and one of my two front teeth has a major chip out of the base of it. (New today *sigh*)
    I did go last week for a temporary filling, and the dentist was reluctant to do anything extensive on me at this point, due to having to have neck back a bit.He thinks I need a root canal....

    I will be speaking to my neurosurgeon when I go back on Tues...
    What are others experience with dental work and their necks?
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    Old 12-02-2002, 12:03 AM   #2
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    June, I would wait a couple of months unless you are in agony. I had some work done about 4 months after my fusion (recore on a tooth we are trying to save) and the dentist was really good. Didn't put me as far back as normal, told me to signal if I needed a break to rest my neck, etc.

    It wasn't too bad, though I was a bit sore afterwards.

    What worried me more was when to start going to the salon for the hair dying. Talk about a bad position for us cervical spine patients-those sinks at salons are true instruments of torture!

    When I got the hard collar off and could stand it no more, I went and got the dye applied at my salon, drove home with the goo on my hair, and sat on the floor of the shower and rinsed off once my color was set. Bet I was a sight in traffic <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

    I have been again since, and did the sink. My beautician tried to get me out of "the position" as fast as possible, and it still was a bit sore after. This was about 5 months out.

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    Old 12-02-2002, 05:14 AM   #3
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    My dentist said that all spinal patients have to take antibotics... for the day.
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    Old 12-02-2002, 10:16 AM   #4
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    Debbie, for what kind of procedure and how long after surgery? I didn't have antibiotics, and lived to tell about it. As long as you've recovered I don't see why you would need them.

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    Old 12-02-2002, 01:19 PM   #5
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    I don't remember what he called it but he had a name for it "implants" or something like that... he said all hardware people have to have it. I actually have to take it anyway for Mitral Valve Prolapse, but they gave me two pills that morning and said that's all they give now. Used to have to take a pill the night before and the afternoon after.
    But that is his policy. I had my teeth cleaned about 4 weeks after surgery.
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    Old 12-02-2002, 03:57 PM   #6
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    I actually do have an appointment for teeth cleaning in Jan, coming up and the didn't mention antibiotics...

    lol I bet dentists are like neurosurgeons and they all do it differently!

     
    Old 12-02-2002, 03:59 PM   #7
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    ohh..should have put this all in one post..oh well.

    And Nanner, this is something that *may* get major if I don't take care of it sooner than later. Major meaning tooth loss <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">

    I have my regular appt with neurosurgeon tomorrow and am going to ask him.

    When I went to hair saloon, they just wet my hair down with a spray bottle to cut it, no sink. I do my own color at home from the box. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 12-03-2002, 06:01 PM   #8
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    Re: dental work after spinal surgery

    Hi June!

    Your topic began just a day before my visit to the dentist! It was just a teeth cleaning, and I was quite comfortable throughout. Actually, about 2 months before my surgery, I had gotten to the point where I couldn't go to the dentist or hairdresser, because tilting my neck back was excruciating! The surgery solved that problem!

    Regarding antibiotics: This is a new dentist for me, so I had to fill out a health history. He uses a form put out by the American Dental Association, and there was a note on it regarding antibiotics!

    "A new report (July 1997) prepared and endorsed by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has recommended that antibiotic prophylaxis before dental treatment is NOT indicated for most dental patients with artificial orthopedic prosthetic joints."

    I guess not all dentists follow the ADA's recommendation, and still prescribe antibiotics. I don't think plates count as artificial joints, though!

    Antibiotics are prescribed for people with heart valve transplants (and I think for a number of other heart conditions).

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    Old 12-04-2002, 06:19 PM   #9
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    I got the clearance from my surgeon to proceed with the dental work and I'm going tomorrow morning to have that tooth looked at.
    My surgeon also told me that antibiotics weren't necessary as a special precaution...without me even asking! LOL

     
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