I had a hip replacement five years ago. It’s doing fine, but now I need to replace a couple of teeth. I think I’d like dental implants, but I’m getting mixed information from the two dentists I’ve consulted with. One says because I had a hip replacement I will need to be pre-medicated with antibiotics. The other dentist said that’s not necessary. Which of them is correct? I don’t want to make the wrong decision and end up with a serious problem.
Here’s why there are differences in your consultations. There has always been some controversy in the dental field surrounding this. Because you’ve had a hip replacement, you are at risk of infection. In the past, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommended antibiotics before any invasive dental treatment.
However, in December of 2012, a new study was released saying there was no direct evidence pre-treatment was necessary. As a result, some dentists insist on it and others don’t. In your place, I would just go with whichever recommendation makes you feel most comfortable about your dental implants.
Health Considerations Before Your Dental Implant Procedure
With any surgery, it takes a bit of a toll on you. Make sure you have someone to take care of you the day of the procedure. Though this procedure has a quick recovery time, it is always important to allow yourself some time to rest so your body can focus on healing. Maybe rent a movie or binge some Netflix that day.
If you’re a smoker, it is important you cut back significantly if you are unable to totally quit. Smoking inhibits your blood flow which has a negative impact on your ability to heal. It also puts you at greater risk of developing gum disease and infection. Both of these are leading contributors to dental implant failure.
Cosmetic Considerations Before Your Dental Implant Procedure
The crowns used for your dental implants can be made any color to blend in with your teeth naturally. You’ll just need to be aware that the color is permanent. If you are considering getting teeth whitening done at some point in the future, it will save you money to do it before your dental crowns are made. This way they can be made to match the tooth color you want.
If that’s not possible and you decide to whiten your teeth later, that’s fine, but to get the dental crowns to match they will have to be remade.
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