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Dental treatment before surgery

Teeth can become reservoirs of bacteria if they are infected (apical granuloma, cysts, periodontitis).

These bacteria nestle in and around the teeth, which communicate with the rest of the body via the blood stream. As a result, they can find their way to the heart and infect a natural or artificial valve, or a cardiovascular or orthopaedic implant.

Consequently, it is essential to eliminate all focuses of infection before undergoing any heart, vascular or orthopaedic surgery or a kidney transplant.

This usually involves extracting the infected tooth/teeth, in which case, options for replacing these teeth will be suggested.

Your surgeon will be happy to provide more information.