General medicine and surgery for dental practitioners Part 9: haematology and patients with bleeding problems

Br Dent J. 2003 Sep 27;195(6):305-10. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4810526.


Disorders of the blood can affect the management of dental patients. Particular oral signs may be produced. In addition healing may be affected and the choice of anaesthesia for operative procedures will be influenced. Similarly, patients who have problems with haemostasis are a concern. Surgical procedures are obvious problems. However, restorative dentistry is not trouble-free as patients with bleeding problems may present difficulties regarding the choice of local anaesthesia, as regional block techniques may be contraindicated in some patients.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Dental / methods
  • Contraindications
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control
  • Dental Care for Chronically Ill*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Hematologic Diseases*
  • Humans
  • Oral Surgical Procedures / methods