Dental Advocate – Antibiotics

added on: December 27, 2013

As your Dental Health Coach and Advocate, my responsibility is to look out for not just issues affecting your dental health, but your overall health as well!

In our ongoing “Dental Advocate” series for our patients, Dr. John researched the topic of Antibiotics for our Patients with Prosthetic Joints before Dental Visits. Here are the results…

Antibiotics for dental procedures prosthetic joints

There has been much debate over the years in the dental and medical communities about the risk/benefit of placing patients with artificial joints on an antibiotic before dental care. The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recently did a review of the relevant research in this area, which showed that dental procedures are not risk factors for subsequent orthopedic implant infection and furthermore that antibiotic prophylaxis does not reduce the risk of subsequent infection. The summary of the article can be found by clicking here.

In the best interest of our patients, we believe the surgeon who placed your prosthetic joint should determine if you need to be on antibiotics prior to dental visits in our office, based on his/her knowledge of your overall health and the nature of your prosthetic joint. We would encourage you to discuss this issue with your doctor, based on the new research emerging in this area. We would ask that you contact them, and if needed, they should prescribe the medication for you prior to any visit in our office.