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What do you need to know about visits to the dentist if you have an artificial knee?

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For years, both orthopedic surgeons and dentists recommended that people with artificial knees or hips get a shot of antibiotics before any dental procedures, including simple cleaning, that might make gums bleed. They worried that bacteria in the mouth could get into your bloodstream and reach the site of the implant. In 2015, the American Dental Association said it was no longer routinely needed. People with knee implants whose immune systems are weak or who may be prone to infections may still need antibiotics before a dental procedure.

From: 7 Things to Know About Your New Knee WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “A Nation in Motion,” “Total Knee Replacement.”

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons: “Resuming Sports After Knee Replacement,” “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center: “Knee Replacement Exercise Booklet.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “About Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research UK: “How Long Will the New Knee Joint Last?”

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research : “Pain Relief and Functional Improvement Remain 20 Years After Knee Arthroplasty.”

Transportation Security Administration: “Disabilities and Medical Conditions.”

American Dental Association: “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures.”

American Joint Replacement Registry: “Annual Report 2016.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Revision Total Knee Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

Journal of the American Dental Association : “Providing clarity on evidence-based prophylactic guidelines for prosthetic joint infections.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “A Nation in Motion,” “Total Knee Replacement.”

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons: “Resuming Sports After Knee Replacement,” “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center: “Knee Replacement Exercise Booklet.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “About Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research UK: “How Long Will the New Knee Joint Last?”

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research : “Pain Relief and Functional Improvement Remain 20 Years After Knee Arthroplasty.”

Transportation Security Administration: “Disabilities and Medical Conditions.”

American Dental Association: “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures.”

American Joint Replacement Registry: “Annual Report 2016.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Revision Total Knee Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

Journal of the American Dental Association : “Providing clarity on evidence-based prophylactic guidelines for prosthetic joint infections.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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