Oral Surgery and Women’s health
(Pregnancy, Breast feeding, Osteoporosis, Breast cancer)
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Please let your oral and maxillofaiclal surgeon know if you are planning on getting pregnant or if you are pregnant. It is best to avoid elective surgery since surgery can be a stressful process and the fetus can be exposed to medication.
Periodontal (gum) disease is frequently related to impacted wisdom teeth. Periodontal diseases during pregnancy is linked to preterm deliveries, low birth weight babies and preechampsia. Mouth to mouth transmission between mother and baby is well established. Mothers with high caries rate expose their babies to the bacteria and they are prone to have a high caries rate.
Contact Song Oral surgery as part of your prenatal screening to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy. Our doctors at Song Oral Surgery are experienced in prenatal screening and treatment of pregnant patients.
Osteoporosis is a common disease where the bone becomes weak and brittle. Medication to treat osteoporosis can affect bone healing after an extraction. Some of the common medications include
Depending on the duration and dose of the medication, a drug holiday or blood test is recommended. Here at Song Oral Surgery, our doctors have the expertise to manage patients who are being treated for osteoporosis.
Cancer and Chemotherapy Patients
Breast cancer and lung cancer are known cancers that can travel (metastasize) to the jaw. Routine examination of the jaw is recommended for early detection. Some cancers such as breast cancer and multiple myeloma result in elevated calcium level in the blood. High calcium level in the blood (hypercalcemia) can cause changes in and heart rhythm and need to be treated. The drug that is used to treat hypercalcemia during chemotherapy can impair healing of the jaw after dental extractions. Prior to starting chemotherapy it is recommended to complete a dental clearance with you oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Dr. Song and Dr. Um are attending surgeons of hospitals in San Francisco including California Pacific Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Song and Dr. Um work as a team with physicians in order to maintain our patients oral health. Please contact Song Oral Surgery for Dr. Song and Dr. Um’s expertise.