Ruby, a dental implant patient, asks:
I have been on Prednisone 10mg each day for one year now due to fibrotic lung disease. My dentist wants to place dental implants after he removes several bad teeth. He says that my jaw bone has adequate bone support and quality. My primary care physician was concerned about complications because of the prednisone. The dentists said that there would be no increase in the chance of complications. Does this seem OK?
Editors Note: According to Medline: “Prednisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works…”