A connection between your joint replacement and upcoming dental work might not seem relevant, but it’s actually extremely important. In a process known as antibiotic prophylaxis, joint replacement patients need to undergo premedication with antibiotics before undergoing teeth cleaning, tooth extractions, root canals, and other dental procedures. If you have any type of joint replacement, you should be aware of the following information before your next dental appointment.
What is Antibiotic Prophylaxis?
Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. They kill dangerous and unhealthy bacteria to protect the body and make it less vulnerable to additional infection. Though antibiotics are most frequently recommended as a treatment after a specific condition has been diagnosed, it is common for dentists to require joint replacement patients to take antibiotics as a preventative measure before their dental appointment. This is called antibiotic prophylaxis. [Read more…]