Although most of us visit the dentist to enjoy a white smile and healthy teeth, there can be times when patients are at risk of developing an infection after the procedure. Antibiotic prophylaxis is the practice of lessening the chances of an infection by prescribing antibiotics in advance.
Some procedures such as extracting teeth, treating gum disease or a thorough cleaning might require antibiotic prophylaxis. While maintaining a healthy smile is important, there are some pre-existing conditions which could cause a dentist to choose this option.
– Those who have an artificial heart valve could require this type of intervention.
– Anyone who has had a heart transplant will likely require antibiotics to lessen the risk of developing infective endocarditis.
– There can also be times when a joint replacement warrants antibiotics before a dental procedure.
“Antibiotic prophylaxis is when a patient will receive antibiotics before the procedure even takes place.”