As part of your evaluation for Orthopedic treatment and your road to successful surgery, your Orthopedist may advise you to see a Periodontist. This referral is to ensure that you do not have any underlying periodontal gum problems that may need to be treated before your hip or knee replacement surgery.
Why is this important?
Periodontal (Gum) disease begins with bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque build-up and this ends up breaking down the walls of the pockets around the teeth. The bacteria that causes periodontal disease does not remain solely in the mouth – it can travel from the infected gums into the bloodstream, and then into every tissue in the body. This bacteria is linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung and kidney disease, cancers and other disease states, and is a risk factor for those undergoing surgical procedures.