BLOOD DONATION & DENTAL IMPLANTS

HOW TO MAINTAIN BLOOD DONATION STATUS

DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT

How Many?

Approximately 150,000 dental implants are installed in Australia per year

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Bone Grafting

Approximately 50% of these implants receive dental bone grafts

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What Types?

Bone graft sources include synthetic, animals, humans and from patients

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Can I Donate?

If you've received a dental bone graft, this might prevent you from donating blood

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What can stop you from donating blood?

Human Products:

If you have had a bone graft which has come from another donor (human) you will usually have to wait 12 months before being able to donate blood.

Animal Products:

Animal products can be sourced from Bovine (Cow), Porcine (Pig), Equine (horse), Coral etc.

Most bovine products are on an exclusion list for the Australian Red Cross.

However one exception exists; Bovine products sourced from the Geistlich company. Geistlich are a Swiss owned medical supplier who sources Australian bovine products and distributes globally.

If you have received any other Bovine bone graft for your implant surgery you will be permanently excluded from donating blood again.

HOW CAN YOU INCREASE THE CHANCE OF BLOOD DONATION?

Before having a dental bone graft, ensure a discussion regarding the potential bone graft/s to be utilised occurs, and that the proposed bone graft is accepted by the Australian Red Cross

If a bone graft's status is unknown then this should be checked by the clinician or patient with the Red Cross. This will avoid changing a patient's blood donation status, possibly indefinitely, which can be quite concerning for many blood donors. 

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Registering a patient's dental implant information including their Bone graft details on the DIR allows a patient who presents for Blood Donation, to have access to this information on their smart phone or tablet.

This way, they can be assessed immediately and if no exclusions occur, they can give blood on the same day. Otherwise they can be turned way until they can access this information from their treating dentist, which can takes weeks, potentially affecting blood stocks.

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For Patients:

Want to ensure you can continue to donate blood? Ask that your dentist register your bone grafting materials