Have Dental Work Done
Surgeons recommend that dental, tooth or gum, problems be treated before your joint replacement surgery. It’s also important to finish any dental work that may be underway as germs in your mouth could enter the bloodstream and infect the new joint.
An infection could delay your recovery and in an extreme case, it may mean the prosthesis would have to be removed.
If you develop an infection of any sort, at any time (bladder infection, abscessed teeth, lung infection), contact your family doctor immediately. You may need antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading to your joint replacement.
If you are scheduling major dental work or other surgery, let the dentist or surgeon know about your joint replacement. They will let you know if you need to take special precautions.
Preventive treatment is recommended for all dental procedures for two years following joint replacement surgery. After two years, preventive treatment is recommended for all invasive or bloody procedures (implants, extractions) and for all patients with:
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Weakened immune system from disease, drugs or radiation
- Insulin-dependent diabetics
- Previous septic arthritis
- Undernourished or malnourished