Why Do Dentists Recommend Pre-medication Prior To Treatments?

PrescriptionBottleSmAntibiotic pre-medication prior to a dental procedure is occasionally required due to certain medical issues. It is imperative that you disclose any of these health concerns when filling out the health history form at your dentist’s office.

Your medical doctor might also discuss these concerns during an exam or after a specific surgery. Most patients in the Henderson area who have had the following health concerns may require antibiotic pre-medication:

  • a total joint replacement
  • predisposed or have a history of infective endocarditis
  • prosthetic cardiac valve
  • certain congenital cardiac heart issues

The antibiotic that is taken will protect the body from infection. During some dental procedures, the normal bacteria within the mouth can be introduced into the bloodstream. Because a joint replacement or heart condition compromises the immune system, the antibiotic is an added preventative to bacteria-related health issues.

Total joint replacements may require pre-medication prior to dental treatment. There is a slight chance for an infection to develop around prosthetic joints. Typically, premedication is only recommended for the first five years after a total joint replacement. Please contact your orthopedic or medical doctor with other questions concerning whether or not you may require pre-medication.

If you have a heart condition (either past or present) then you may be subject to infective endocarditis, which is an infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves. A few examples of conditions requiring pre-medication are: artificial heart valve, history of infective endocarditis, and heart transplant with complications.

Dentists are trained to be knowledgeable about the current pre-medication guidelines and can help you to understand if this added protection is right for you. Don’t hesitate to contact your dental or medical office today to discuss not only your oral health but also the necessary steps to keep your whole body healthy with antibiotic pre-medication.