“Shocking” incidence of dental pathology found in TJA patients

By Jennie McKee

Preoperative dental screening and treatment may help avoid periprosthetic joint infection

“Bacteremia associated with dental pathology is a rare but serious causative agent of infections in total joint arthroplasty (TJA) patients,” said John W. Barrington, MD. “Deep infections often necessitate additional care and extensive revision procedures that can cost approximately three to four times more than primary TJA.”

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