Dental Infection and Hip Replacement
I have been dealing with an infected tooth (five months after hip replacement) and just thought I'd post a reminder here for all the "hipsters" that it is really important to deal with dental infections promptly if you have had a hip replacement. (And, important to take your antibiotics before dental procedures).
I went to doctor's for a sinus infection early in January and although I was treated with antibiotics, it wouldn't go away. In Feb, I went to the dentist and she took some x-rays and said it might be a tooth, so she sent me to a periodontist who confirmed that a nerve had died in a tooth that had suffered a trauma (many years ago). I had NO pain with the tooth. The nerve was decaying and causing the infection. So, two weeks ago I had the tooth pulled and am going to get an implant (so expensive!). But, I've been on antibiotics really since January. I will go back to periodontist this week for confirmation that infection is cleared up and for details about when we can go onto next stage of implant.
Bottom line, it's important to track down infections and treat them quickly. In this case, I had no dental pain, just a sinus infection that wouldn't clear up. But infection travels throughout the body and if it had not been detected who knows what could have happened. It's rare, I think, but still a danger.
According to my doctor, a common cause of infection following hip replacement surgery is from bacteria that enter the bloodstream during dental procedures, urinary tract infections, or skin infections.
Warning signs of a possible hip replacement infection:
•Persistent fever (higher than 100°F orally)
•Increasing redness, tenderness, or swelling of the hip wound
•Drainage from the hip wound
•Increasing hip pain with both activity and rest