- Dec 20, 2017
Yes, you need to take an anti-biotic prior to any dental work. If you have an infection in your gums and they go digging around in it, it can get into your blood stream and replacement parts for hips, knees., etc etc are prone to infection. Last thing you want is an inf. part. You will be hospitalized, high doses given through an IV hoping to kill the inf. which usually doesn't work. They will then removed the replacement parts, more IV anti-biotics, parts cleaned or new parts used, once everything shows zero infection present they will put everything back together and hope for the best. If infection comes back, which there is a high chance of, parts are removed and you will have to live that way. Not sure how a hip functions without a hip joint but it can't be good. You need to take ALL pre-cautions when it comes to keeping your replacement parts from getting inf. I am very fortunate in that my immune system is very strong. The only place I've ever got an inf. is in my gums.A bit off-topic, or maybe not .....
Wife has had both KNEE replacements, and everything has been good for years. Those require titanium spare parts. She was advised from the getgo to take an antibiotic before ANY* other medical procedure later on ... to ward off minor infections that might cause tissue rejection from the replacement surgery.
* this includes something as minor as having teeth cleaned.
Is it the same for hip replacements?
This seems to be common knowledge enough that my Wife's dentist prescribes the antibiotic nowadays with no argument, but I'm not sure about knees vs. hips.