|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 41-42
Optimization of complex dental status of patients with hemodialysis and renal transplantation
Ujwala R Newadkar
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||23-Jan-2015|
Ujwala R Newadkar
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, ACPM Dental College, Dhule - 424 003, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Newadkar UR. Optimization of complex dental status of patients with hemodialysis and renal transplantation. J Integr Nephrol Androl 2015;2:41-2
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Newadkar UR. Optimization of complex dental status of patients with hemodialysis and renal transplantation. J Integr Nephrol Androl [serial online] 2015 [cited 2023 Mar 24];2:41-2. Available from: http://www.journal-ina.com/text.asp?2015/2/1/41/150012
Patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) may present as unique signs of multi-system disease affecting the kidneys (such as vasculitis or diabetes mellitus) or as common oral pathologies found at an increased prevalence in patients with CRF.  The treatment proposed for a patient with CFR will depend on the stage of the renal disease and on his/her current clinical status. These patients have had their life extended by replacing renal function by either peritoneal dialysis or artificial kidney dialysis, and transplantation is the best treatment choice for them.  Dental health appears to be yet another area where attention has been lacking. The early evaluation of oral health status of renal patients is essential to eliminate potential infection foci from the oral cavity. Dental treatment of these patients should preferably be carried out before the transplant. Participation of the dentist in the preparation of a recipient for kidney grafting is vitally important. Infection is the major complication of renal transplant patients, which means that a periodontal abscess, for example, is a potentially life-threatening condition. An advanced disease of periodontal tissues can be compared to ulceration of soft tissues on an area of 50 cm 2 . Teeth with furcation lesions, periodontal abscesses or requiring more invasive surgical procedures indications must be extracted. Therefore, it is important that renal patients needing transplant are examined by an experienced dentist before surgery to determine which teeth can be preserved without representing an infection focus after transplantation. ,
Primary preventive measures for patients undergoing dialysis for kidney failure have previously been overshadowed by concerns about more urgent health problems. In the last 3 to 4 decades, improvements in dialysis and transplantation have reduced morbidity and mortality among patients with end-stage renal disease. The incidence of a variety of dental conditions, such as periodontal disease, narrowing of the pulp chamber, enamel abnormalities, premature tooth loss and xerostomia, seems greater among dialysis patients. ,,,, This necessitates the periodic meetings of these patients to the dentist. The need for prophylactic antibiotic therapy to prevent local or distant infection, patient's ability to tolerate dental treatment, coagulation profile and severity of cardiac arrhythmias should also be assessed. 
Patients undergoing dialysis are exposed to a large number of blood transfusions and are therefore at a higher risk of contracting hepatitis B and C. In addition, bacterial endocarditis has been reported as an uncommon but serious complication in the dental management of individuals undertaking hemodialysis. They are considered moderate-risk patients and the prescription of a prophylactic antibiotic therapy is particularly important for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients under treatment with dialysis. On the other hand, patients undertaking peritoneal dialysis do not need prophylaxis with antibiotics. Dental treatment will be safer if performed on the day following dialysis when there is no risk of prolonged bleeding, blood impurities have been eliminated, heparin administered during dialysis has already been metabolized and the patient is in better health conditions regarding the intravascular volume and products resulting from heparin metabolism.  Hence, the importance of an early diagnosis and appropriately planned dental treatment involving various specialists cannot be overestimated. Efficient cooperation of the dentist with the nephrologist in terminal renal insufficiency patients may help avoid injury and dysfunction of the stomatognathic system resulting in disorders of speech and chewing or problems with facial aesthetics. 
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