Patients with certain conditions as well as orthopedic or cardiovascular prostheses need to be mindful of their oral health and take certain precautions prior to medical procedures or dental work.
You can protect your health and avoid any unnecessary delays or complications prior to dental or surgical care by following these simple guidelines:
- If a medical condition is diagnosed or an orthopaedic or cardiovascular prosthesis is planned, it's wise to make a separate appointment for an exam and full mouth x-rays 60 days in advance of the procedure date.
- Your physician may advise you to get a thorough dental exam and full mouth x-rays in advance of your surgical procedure. Some physicians do not want any dental work for 30 days prior to the procedure date.
- If Dr. Quiqley detects any dental work needs to be performed, please keep in mind that physicians often require the treatment to be completed 30 days prior to your surgery date.
- If your initial 60 day pre-op dental exam and x-rays are negative, Dr. Quiqley may be required to briefly re-examine you 30 days or less before your medical procedure if everything is all clear, Dr. Quiqley will sign the dental clearance form.
- To protect your health both before and after your medical procedure, or if you have a medical condition that requires precautions, Dr. Quiqley will request a clearance and a protocol for dental work from your physician. This information can be emailed to our office.
- Your physician may require premedication in the form ofantibiotics prior to every dental visit for your lifetime or a specific duration. If Dr. Quigley determines a particular visit does not involve touching or going below the gumline then he himself may tell you to omit the antibiotic for that visit alone.
By James M. Quigley, D.M.D. Family & Esthetic Dentistry
December 10, 2019