What is pre-medicating? What do artificial joints have to do with dental treatment? Why is this related to my oral health and not just overall health?
Good questions! Although artificial joints can seem like a far cry from concerns with your dental health, the two are more related than one may think. When it comes to artificial joints, there is an increased risk of infection due to the inorganic material in the body that should be taken into consideration. This is true from the time of placement, but it may also play a role with future medical treatments. It has long been suggested that pre-medicating should be a standard prerequisite to dental and other procedures, but what is pre-medicating and why would it help?
Pre-Medication Before Dental Procedures
Pre-medicating is the act of giving medication prior to a medical or dental procedure, which is done with the intention of staying ahead of potential infection problems. The theory is that bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream, and those with artificial joints are already more susceptible to infection. Pre-medication is meant to help mitigate this risk prior to the procedure to keep your overall health in check from start to finish.
Sounds simple – what’s the dilemma?
For many dental procedures, for patients with prosthetic joint implants, prophylactic antibiotics are not recommended to prevent prosthetic joint infection and are potential harms in taking medication when not completely necessary. As such, the risks do not outweigh the benefits of pre-medication. Your treating physician and your dentist will work together, depending on the dental procedure, in determining the necessity of premedication.
Please be sure to let us know if you have artificial joints, or any out of the ordinary medical circumstances. We will be sure to take them into consideration when it comes to developing your treatment plan. For the most part, your artificial joints will not require special treatment on your end – we can treat you as we would any other patient to keep your smile looking sharp!
Adamsville Family Dentistry
518 East Main
Adamsville, TN 38310
Phone: (731) 632-3371