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Southpointe Dentristry | Pre-Medication in Canonsburg

Amy L. Cabe D.D.S., P.C.

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In 2008, the American Heart Association updated its recommendations for the use of preventive antibiotics before certain dental procedures, including teeth cleaning and extractions, for people with specific heart problems.

Dental Premedication and AntibioticsThe use of preventive antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures is recommended for patients with:

  • artificial heart valves
  • artificial joints or prosthetics
  • a history of infective endocarditis (an infection of the lining inside the heart or the heart valves)
  • a cardiac (heart) transplant that develops a heart valve problem
  • suffer from a congenital (present from birth) heart condition:
    • unrepaired or incompletely repaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including those with palliative shunts and conduits;
    • a completely repaired congenital heart defect with prosthetic material or device, whether placed by surgery or by catheter intervention, during the first six months after the procedure;
    • any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device.

Check with your cardiologist if you're not sure whether you fall into one of these categories.

People who may have taken prophylactic antibiotics before the new recommendations were issued, but no longer need them include those with:

  • mitral valve prolapse (may have been identified as a heart murmur)
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • bicuspid valve disease
  • calcified aortic stenosis
  • congenital (present from birth) heart conditions such as ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Talk to your dentist about how these recommendations might apply to you.

Canonsburg Dentist | Pre-Medication. Amy Cabe is a Canonsburg Dentist.