Prosthetic Joint? You May Not Need to Routinely Take Antibiotics Before Your Dental Care
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Evidence continues to mount that taking antibiotics prior to dental procedures for the sole reason that you have a joint replacement is not needed.

Since 2015, the American Dental Association (ADA) has not recommended taking antibiotics prior to dental procedures (called antibiotic prophylaxis) for patients with prosthetic joints. Another study was performed between May 2018 and June 2021 to determine if there is an association between invasive dental procedures and late prosthetic joint infection. The study used a population in England where antibiotic prophylaxis is not recommended prior to invasive dental procedures for patients with prosthetic joints and therefore the association would be fully exposed. It was concluded that there was no evidence of an association between invasive dental procedures and prosthetic joint infections, confirming there is no rationale for administering antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures in patients with prosthetic joints.

 

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