Patients with lupus are often at increased risk for many complications from common dental treatments (both surgical and non-surgical). Some risks include:
- Increased risk of infection even with fairly non-invasive dental procedures due to the use of immunosuppressive agents in treating lupus
- Compromised lung function with some forms of lupus (this may make it inadvisable to administer nitrous oxide during treatment)
- Excessive bleeding during oral surgery
- A heart problem called Liebman-Sacks Endocarditis (this hidden effect of lupus can cause death if oral bacteria enter the bloodstream as a result of a dental procedure)
- Kidney problems that increase the risk of organ damage from commonly prescribed dental antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication.
It is true that patients with lupus generally need to be administered antibiotics following a dental treatment in order to prevent the possibility of an infection due to having a compromised immune system. Post-operative exeminations for the lupus patient should be more frequent and will usually extend over a longer period of time than would be the case for the non-lupus patient.
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