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Teeth and joint replacements: what’s the link?

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At Claude Monet Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of oral health, particularly in relation to joint prostheses such as hip or knee replacements. Find out why good oral health is so important for prosthesis wearers. 

Why is oral health important before joint replacement surgery? 

When it comes to joint replacement, whether hip, knee or shoulder, the connection to oral health is often overlooked. However, oral health plays a critical role in preventing post-operative infections. Joint replacement infections can often originate in the oral cavity. Inflamed gums, especially those affected by periodontitis, are a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria. These can enter the bloodstream and adhere to dentures, causing complications. 

How can dental problems affect a joint replacement? 

Dental infections such as abscesses, cysts, or radiculodental granulomas are potential sources of microbes in the bloodstream. These infections, sometimes asymptomatic and therefore ignored, can migrate to the prosthesis site. It’s important to understand that a seemingly minor dental infection can become a serious threat to a joint prosthesis. 

What is a preoperative dental examination? 

In France, a large proportion of the population suffers from periodontal disease, often unknowingly. Before a joint prosthesis is fitted, a complete dental examination is recommended to identify and treat these problems. If done early enough, this evaluation will allow the dentist to provide the necessary care and ensure complete stabilization prior to surgery. At Claude Monet Dental Clinic, we stress the importance of this examination to minimize the risk of infection. 

What preventive measures should I take? 

Good oral hygiene is essential to reduce the risk of infection. Regular visits to the dentist are important, especially before surgery for a joint prosthesis. During these visits, the dentist can detect and treat any infection or inflammation that could threaten the prosthesis. It’s also essential to maintain a daily brushing and flossing routine to limit the development of pathogenic bacteria. 

At Claude Monet Dental Clinic, we emphasize the importance of oral health, especially in preparation for surgical procedures such as joint replacement. A thorough dental check-up is not only a preventive measure for the prosthesis, but also a pillar of your overall health. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment before your surgery to ensure that your oral health will not affect the success of your procedure.