Aspirin and bleeding in dentistry: an update and recommendations

Michael T. Brennan, Richard L. Wynn, Craig S. Miller

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Aspirin use in the United States remains high because of its diverse and beneficial activities. In adults at risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events, low-dose aspirin is an excellent preventive agent; however, its antiplatelet properties have contributed to a perceived increased risk for bleeding after dental extractions. This article discusses recent evidence regarding the thrombotic risks associated with discontinuing aspirin use in patients who take aspirin daily and presents a new recommendation for continuing low-dose aspirin during invasive dental procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-323
Number of pages8
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007

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Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • General Dentistry


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