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May my dentist safely use electrocautery on my gums? I have stents in my heart.
Am in the Philippines currently and going to dentist here. I have had 4 stents to rebuilt a artery in my heart 8 years ago. The dentist I am going to wants to know if he can use electrocautery tool to remove the gums that are growing inside a pocket in my tooth? Will it affect the steel stents in my heart?
submitted Melvin from Philippines on 3/17/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD
Yes, he can use the device. No, it won't adversely affect your stents.
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Updated March 2013