Joint Replacement & Dental Care: Guidelines

Joint Replacements

We wanted to take a moment to address a common question from our patients: “How soon can I undergo elective dentistry after having a joint replacement surgery?” It’s essential to approach dental care post-surgery in a way that will ensure the best outcomes for your joint health and overall well-being. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the risk of infection, although minimal, is most pronounced during the first three months after the surgery. Infections during this period, though unlikely, can impact your recovery and the success of the joint replacement.

To minimize any risk, the recommendation is to wait at least three months before undergoing any elective dental treatments. Planning is key to optimal post-operative care. If possible, try to schedule any necessary dental hygiene visits or restorative treatments before your joint replacement surgery. After the surgery, a follow-up dental recall is suggested six months later to ensure everything is on track.

Late infections related to dental procedures are very rare. Taking these precautions helps safeguard your new joint and overall health. If you have any concerns or specific questions about your dental care after joint replacement surgery, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here to ensure your dental and orthopedic health are managed with the utmost care.

Leave a Reply


Have Questions? Text Us At: 833-513-0687

* We'll get back to you as soon as we can during our usual working hours. Please keep in mind that texts are not securely encrypted

Request an Appointment

COVID-19 Update: We're open for all routine, elective, and emergency care. Please click the button below to be redirected to our appointment request page. We hope to offer instant online scheduling again soon, but in the meantime, one of our scheduling coordinators will reach out to help you find a convenient appointment.

Request an Appointment