Do I need to take antibiotics before my dental appointments?

For most people, the answer is “No”. For a small percentage of the population, these antibiotics are used to prevent a serious infection. This group of people are those who have:

  • An artificial joint that was placed less than two years ago.
  • A history of Bacterial Endocarditis
  • A patient who has received and artificial heart valve
  • A patient who has a serious congenital heart problem that has been operated on or repaired.
  • A patient who has received a heart transplant that has developed complications in the valves.

In short, if you have questions or think that you may require antibiotics prior to your appointments, please contact us so that we can give you the best treatment possible. Be sure to note these issues on any health history form that you complete for any doctor’s office.