Balancing Dental Health & COVID-19 Vaccination: Expert Insights
Many people have recently started questioning us about getting dental implant surgery after COVID-19 vaccine doses. Tooth loss can happen for a variety of causes. A quick hit or accident might result in the loss of one or more teeth. Other times, it may be due to tooth decay, gum disease, or other medical disorders that can hurt the strength and health of the mouth and jaw.
Whatever the cause, tooth loss significantly influences many aspects of life, including eating and speaking, losing self-confidence, and more. Furthermore, the long-term impact of tooth loss might lead to more serious dental health issues. While you would be accurate in assuming that dealing with a lost tooth or multiple lost teeth should be done as quickly as possible, there may be some trepidation about having these types of treatments done during the current stage of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Why Shouldn’t You Put Off Getting Dental Implant Surgery After COVID-19 Vaccine?
Besides the evident influence on the looks of your smile, missing teeth have a variety of other negative consequences in your life. Missing one or more teeth in your jaw might make it more challenging to eat and drink the things you prefer, perhaps lowering the quality of your diet and overall nutrition. Lost teeth, particularly those towards the front of the mouth, can also impede speech and pronunciation to varying degrees.
Another long-term impact of tooth loss is a gradual loss of bone density in the affected area. If left unchecked, this gradual bone density loss might lead to the loss of other teeth in the surrounding parts of the jaw. Naturally, the overall goals of undergoing a dental implant operation are to prevent these types of disorders and regain full oral function.
So, the longer you wait to repair missing teeth, the more likely you are to acquire additional difficulties as a result. As a result, it is critical to follow your dentist’s recommendations to replace missing teeth as soon as feasible. If you’ve been putting off dealing with missing teeth due to COVID-19 concerns, please take action immediately to get them replaced.
Should I wait for after the implant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you are provided the vaccine, we recommend you take it right away. We, too, had our vaccines, and we are doing incredible. You might feel few side effects of a mild headache, fatigue, and soreness in the vaccinated shoulder. If you feel fine on the day of the covid vaccination, the implant can be implanted. If you’re feeling unwell, it’s preferable to relax and have this another day.
Will COVID-19 vaccines impact dental implant recovery?
The vaccine should not affect your capacity to recuperate following dental surgery. Furthermore, the COVID-19 vaccine should not affect the implant or bone transplant surgery. Dr. Adatrow recently performed a complete arch replacement on a couple of patients who had received the vaccination within few days of my treatment.
How does the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination affect dental implant surgery?
It’s important to remember that the second dose has more adverse effects than the first. This is especially true among the younger generation.
Over-the-counter pain (OTC) medicines like Ibuprofen and Tylenol may impair your immune system’s reaction to Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. It’s advisable to avoid them before taking your shot. However, once you’ve got the vaccine, it’s OK to use an OTC pain reliever. The goal is to avoid them before surgery.
Dr. Adatrow might avoid major dental work within 48 hours after the second dose to enable you to recover completely. Your body is already in a massive immunological reaction to the vaccination, and adding a major operation is a lot to ask!
Hopefully, we will learn more and be able to validate this information in the future. We will keep you updated with the latest developments.
What Changes Will You See When You Visit Our Dental Office for the Dental Implant Procedure?
When you arrive for your implant procedure, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before proceeding to your treatment room to meet with your dentist. To limit air movement between regions, the room will be sealed and segregated from the other clinic spaces, and in-room HEPA filtration will be activated at all times. You will see that our dental staff is fully outfitted with the necessary PPE, including a P100 respirator, which provides protection superior to even N95 masks.
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