Dental Premedication: What is it and Why do I Need it?

What is Dental Premedication?

Dental premedication is antibiotics that are taken prior to a procedure to prevent infection. Bacteria can travel through your blood stream and cause an infection in your heart if there is any weakened tissue or infect an artificial implant.  There seems to be a lot of confusion about if you should take premedication for a dental appointment.  It can be confusing because the American Heart Association and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons tend to revamp what they suggest every few years depending on new findings within research, so it’s important for you and for us as dental providers to stay in tune with what is currently being recommended.

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