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Prophylactic Antibiotic Use in Dental Patients with Prosthetic Joints: What is the Evidence?
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The 2014 Council of Scientific Affairs panel review of the evidence failed to find an association between dental procedures and prosthetic joint infection, concluding that prophylactic antibiotic use is generally not recommended prior to dental procedures. This course will explore why this clinical recommendation should be integrated with the practitioner's professional judgment and the patient's needs and preferences. Additionally, information pertaining to the appropriate-use criteria on prophylactic antibiotic use in dental patients with prosthetic joints will be presented.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the rationale for the use of prophylactic antibiotics
  2. Identify the evidence regarding antibiotic prophylaxis in a patient with a prosthetic joint
  3. Describe the reasoning behind the ADA’s clinical practice guideline on this topic area



Dr. Sollecito’s course presents a review of the ADA’s clinical practice guideline on use of prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental procedures in patients with prosthetic joints, which was published in the January 2015 issue of JADA. The course also summarizes recent appropriate-use criteria on this clinical issue, which were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Dr. Sollecito includes information on the scientific rationale behind the ADA’s evidence-based guideline, which conclude that, in general, for patients with prosthetic joint implants, prophylactic antibiotics are not recommended prior to dental procedures to prevent prosthetic joint infection.


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