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Should Plavix be discontinued before tooth extraction and root canal treatment?

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my mom is 89.... she has a stent in an artery in her brain ...she is on plavix and has been for 7 years. she needs teeth removed and a root canal. is it recommended she get off plavix prior or not?
Tue, 29 May 2018 in Brain and Spine
 
 
Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar 28 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Continue anti platelet agent

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your question and understand your concern.
For root canal treatment and tooth extraction, stopping anti platelets is not recommended. Increased risk of vascular events occur due to stopping anti platelets.
Consult with treating neurologist and dental surgeon.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further information.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
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Follow-up: Should Plavix be discontinued before tooth extraction and root canal treatment? 10 hours later
They said she Woukd need to be off it for 3 days prior? Woukd that still pose a risk?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Low risk

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
The risk may be less but not nil.
The procedure can be undertaken with due risk.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
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