Your Williamsburg Dental dentist has just told you that he wants you to take an antibiotic before having a dental procedure. Chances are it’s because you’ve told him you have an artificial heart valve or have had heart conditions such as infective endocarditis (infection of the lining of the heart), unrepaired congenital heart disease, or are a cardiac transplant patient.
The precautionary step of taking an antibiotic before treatment, known as “antibiotic prophylaxis” is often recommended for patients with certain heart conditions. The reason? Bacteria could enter the bloodstream during your procedure. This could lead to infection in someone with a compromised immune system.
If you have a heart condition, be sure to tell us prior to your visit so that we can determine if the safety precaution of antibiotics is warranted.