Knee or Hip Replacement and Dental Treatment and Management.
Most orthopaedic surgeons will prefer that all of their joint replacement patients are given antibiotics before dental extractions and/or oral surgery. During surgery in the mouth where there are large numbers of bacteria present, it has been found that “showers” of bacteria manage to gain entry into the small blood vessels of the surgical site and then circulate in the blood system. This is called a bacteraemia. Such a situation can occasionally lead to infections associated with prosthetic joints. Please inform your dentist and/or surgeon if you have received joint replacements or if you have any questions concerning the best way to manage your dental health.
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