April 22, 2014

Do Patients with Prosthetic Joints Need Antibiotic Premedication?

According to the Science and Technology Updates of the American Dental Association,  the ADA and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that there is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of antibiotics for patients with orthopedic implants to prevent infections prior to having dental procedures because there is no direct evidence that routine dental procedures cause prosthetic joint infections.

The ADA's Web page about Antibiotic Prophylaxis has information regarding the new clinical practice guidelines.

As always, if you are a patient with an artificial joint, insist your dentist contact your physician to determine the necessity of antibiotic premedication before dental procedures.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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