Joint replacement surgery is being a more common procedure, with about 332,000 hip replacement surgery’s and 719,000 total knee replacement surgeries each year. In the past both orthopedic surgeon and dentist have recommended taking an antibiotic such as Amoxicillin or Erthromycin prior to having and dental procedure. It was believed that there was a potential of bacterial infection to the prosthetic joint.
Through research and a multitude of case studies, it was determined that there was a lack of evidence to link dental procedures with prosthetic joint infection. This simply means that the bacteria associated with the mouth is unlikely to cause an infection in the prosthetic joint. Therefore, both the American Dental Association and the Orthopedic Association recommend “In general, for patients with prosthetic joint implants, prophylactic antibiotics are not recommended prior to dental procedures to prevent prosthetic joint infection.”
You can read more about this through the ADA’s and through the Journal of American Dental Association
Questions about your dental health? Please contact our Highlands Ranch Dental office and speak with one of our team members at 303-694-9740 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Parsons and Dr. DeLapp. We look forward to seeing you!