Antibiotics: Protecting you before dental surgery

Getting a great smile can often mean extractions, tooth drilling and the insertion of implants. These procedures are usually problem free, but if you have had a heart or joint operation your dentist may advise that you take antibiotics before they start surgery.
Antibiotics provide an additional layer of protection from bacteria that can enter your blood after surgery on your teeth. Most patients experience no problems from this bacteria, but for patients with certain conditions, the bacteria can pose a very serious threat.

Even a simple teeth cleaning can require antibiotics if you have these conditions:

– Replacement joints
– Transplanted hearts
– Artificial heart valves

For a full discussion of the need for antibiotics, read this piece from a top cosmetic dentist.