In some cases, you may be prescribed antibiotics before dental work. This practice is not as common as it once was, but it is still an important treatment factor for many patients. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections, and bacterial infections in the mouth can cause several issues for patients as the infection can travel. Infections in the mouth can also make dental work more painful.
It used to be recommended that anyone with a heart condition take antibiotics before dental treatment. However, this practice has seen a decline as it has been found that antibiotics before dental work does not significantly limit risk of infection traveling to the heart. Some people with certain heart conditions, such as valve replacements, may still need antibiotics before dental treatment.
Lowered Immune System
People who have a lowered immune system are often prescribed antibiotics before dental treatment. If your immune system is weakened, infection can travel more easily from the mouth to other areas of the body, particularly when that bacteria is released by dental work. People with compromised immune systems include people with diabetes, cancer patients, and those who take steroids. [Read more…]