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13 Nov 2006

Prophyllactic Antibiotics
I have read that once you have had a knee replacment you should inform your dentist before any treatment, or order for him to prescribe prophyllactic antibiotics.

What is the reason for this and why does is specifically refer to dentist.
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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

01 Jan 0001

Dear Col
Yes, you need to inform your dentist that you have had a knee replacement (or any other joint replacement) as these can become infected years after the surgery. Any infection (teeth, bladder etc.) needs to be treated vigorously to prevent it from spreading through the bloodstream to the infected joint. Prophylactic antibiotics is therefore necessary whenever any dental work is done.
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