Dr. G. asks:
I have a patient who recently had his thyroid removed because it was cancerous. Fortunately, the cancer did not metastasize because of the thick connective tissue sheath around the thyroid. He is scheduled for placement of 2 dental implants. He is taking synthroid to compensate for loss of his thyroid and it is well controlled. Are there any precautions I should take for the implant surgery? Should I wait 6 months post-op to place the implants or is it safe to place them now? What is the worst problem I could expect?