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Dental Implants in HIV patients
May 19, 2004

Can dental implants be placed in HIV patients with good success. There is not a good randomized prospective study that reveals a substandard success rate in HIV patients. Please inform on your personal thoughts and findings from the literature. Thank you very much for your time.

Response from Dr. Henry

Dental procedures including implants usually are well tolerated with few problems other than what is seen in the general populatio. A low CD4 count and poor nutrition or oral health/hygiene might predispose to more problems. I have had scores of patients undergo a wide range of dental procedures without difficulty. KH

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