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Do patients undergoing dental procedures require endocarditis prophylaxis

Do patients undergoing dental procedures require endocarditis prophylaxis

Some do...: Some people do. Patients with artificial heart valves, previous history of infective endocarditis, joint replacements in the last 5 years do require it (there are other conditions, these are the most common). Patients with mitral valve prolapse, heart murmurs, stents, and pacemakers do not need prophylaxis. If there is a specific condition you are asking about, let me know. ...Read more

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Dr. Kyle Shank
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Dental Procedures (Definition)

Dental procedures describe a broad category of interventions performed by dentists, oral surgeons, and other dental specialties. The most commonly performed dental procedures are teeth cleaning, tooth polishing, tooth removal and root canal but can also include oral and facial surgery as well as placement ...Read more


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Prior to most dental procedures are valve repair patients at a real risks of endocarditis and is the need of anti-biotics best advice from surgeons?

Prior to  most dental procedures are valve repair patients at a real risks of endocarditis and is the need of anti-biotics best advice from surgeons?

No premed needed: The most recommendations of the american heart association is that premedication with antibiotics is not needed for patients with valve repair. If you have an artificial valve then antibiotics would be needed before dental treatment. If you have any questions discuss this with your dentist, cardio.Ogist or primary care. ...Read more

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Questions about acute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis for wisdom teeth?

Questions about acute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis for wisdom teeth?

AHA Guidelines: The aha (american heart association) has the latest guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis to help prevent subacute bacterial endocarditis. The indications for premedication underwent revision and changed several years ago, and most dentists and surgeons follow the aha guidelines. ...Read more

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What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

Prophylaxis: This is antibiotic therapy given before a procedure which may induce bacteria into the blood stream in a patient with pre-existing heart valve abnormalities. There is very little evidence outside of some animal studies to suggest the efficacy of this, but it is often used because the doctor believes it is effective, or in fear of subsequent litigation if they fail to do so. ...Read more

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Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

No, but: You do need protection from HIV infection and hepatitis if the acupuncturist reuses their needles. Be sure you go to someone who is reputable. ...Read more

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Patched Vsd, aortic stenosis mitral regurgitation. Going to dentist w/ prophylaxis. 24 M. What chances do I have of getting endocarditis ?

Patched Vsd, aortic stenosis mitral regurgitation.  Going to dentist w/ prophylaxis. 24 M. What chances do I have of getting endocarditis ?

Discuss w/ dentist : This is something that you need to have your dentist and physician discuss to determine what if any precautions must be determined. In all likelihood they will recommend the use of a pre treatment antibiotic but again that must be determined by these health care professionals. ...Read more

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Why is good dental care so important in patients with huntington's disease?

Why is good dental care so important in patients with huntington's disease?

See below: Because of neurological issues and deterioration in muscle control , good dental care is important to keep the patients healthy or they will experience pain and inability to eat, resulting in malnutrition. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dental Care (Definition)

Dental care is taking proper care of your teeth and gums, which includes brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and any necessary treatments such as fillings, ...Read more


Prophylaxis (Definition)

Prophylaxis is a measure taken to ...Read more