Should I have dental work done before or after heart surgery?

Sometimes dental work will be required prior to heart surgery, especially if patients have any tooth decay, loose teeth, or abscesses. The reason is that bacteria may cause infection of the graft material placed in the heart. It is important for you to tell your surgeon about any dental pain or loose teeth, before undergoing heart surgery.

Dental work after heart surgery is fine, but your cardiologist will often recommend pre-procedural antibiotics to protect the new graft or new valve.

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Heart Surgeries

Heart Surgeries

More than a half million surgeries are done each year to correct heart problems in children and adults. One of the most common types of heart surgery performed is coronary artery bypass grafting, which uses a blood vessel taken fr...

om another part of the body to bypass a blocked artery and help prevent a heart attack. Another is heart valve replacement, used to repair heart valves that don't open and close properly. Heart surgery can be minimally invasive, such as when a small incision is made to the chest to insert a pacemaker. At the other extreme is open-heart surgery, which requires a large incision to the chest to open the rib cage and operate on the heart. Learn more about the different kinds of heart surgeries with expert advice from Sharecare.

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