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Premedicate with antibiotics before my dental appointments?

antibioticThere are two groups of patients that the American Dental Association along with the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends take antibiotics prior (premedicate)to dental procedures:-those with certain heart conditions (artificial heart valves, history of heart transplant, certain congenital heart disorders) -those with prosthetic joint replacements.

Patients in both of these groups are at a higher risk of infection in either the heart or the area of the joint replacement after dental procedures due to possible exposure of bacteria into the blood stream.  The antibiotic prophylaxis is typically one dose taken an hour prior to dental procedures as a means of preventing these infections from occurring.  It is generally a recommendation from the patient’s medical doctor as to which patients are at a higher risk for infection.  Because of this, it is always important to inform your dentist of any medical changes or recommendations from your medical doctor.  Also, if you are allergic to Penicillin, make sure you inform your dental provider as this will require a different type of premed to be prescribed.  For more information about our practice and the services we provide, please visit Burns Family Dentistry.  kg