|dental work with Bioalcamid filller
Oct 16, 2011
Dear Dr i have read that dental work may cause infection for Bioalcamid (BA) implant in the cheek even teeth cleaning too. how could teeth cleaning could cause such infection? thanks
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Studies have shown that dental cleaning leads to temporary low level bacterial entry and circulation in the bloodstream. This is one of the reasons that patients with prosthetic heart valves are prescribed antibiotics before and after dental cleaning.
One potential scenario would be bacterial transit through the bloodstream, lodging of bacteria at the implant/capillary interface, and subsequent establishment of infection of the BA implant. Another possibility would be bacteria traversing the relatively short distance (several millimeters) between the gums and the cheek pad as a result of the pressure from the water jet.
Based on previous experience, a strong argument can be made for preventive antibiotics before and after dental work for people who have BA implants.
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