Antibiotic Prophylaxis: Prosthetic Joints and Orthopedic Implants


If you have had a joint replacement and taken antibiotics before dental work in the past, you may not need to make a trip to the pharmacy before your next procedure. The American Dental Association has found it is no longer necessary for most dental patients with orthopedic implants to have antibiotic prophylaxis (premedication) to prevent infection.

As always, we recommend checking with your medical doctor to see what’s he or she recommends for you specifically.

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