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Review On Prophylactic Antibiotics For Dental Patients With Prosthetic Joints
W.L. Chai , C.K. Yong, W.C. Ngeow
Annals of Dentistry (ISSN 0128-7532)
10, No 1
dental treatment, prosthetic joint, bacteraemia.
Most prosthetic joint infections originate from wound contamination or haematogenous seeding from distant sites of infection. Bacteraemia may follow dental treatment but there is little evidence of it related to prosthetic joint infection. Nevertheless, controversy continues with regards to the effect of dental treatment in patients with prosthetic joints. This article reviews current English literature regarding the use of antibiotic prophylaxis in the dental management of patients with prosthetic joints. Routine antibiotic prophylaxis is not recommended for every patient with prosthetic joints when receiving dental treatments. However, antibiotic prophylaxis may be prescribed for high-risk groups with predisposing factors to infection when undergoing dental treatment with high risk of bacteraemia.
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