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How to avoid antibiotics for a tooth implant?

Commented on January 27, 2014
Created January 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

My father has been trying to follow a paleo diet for a while now, and I believe he has been mainly successful. He has recently been advised by his dentist to have a tooth implant made of titanium since his ability to chew has lowered since losing a second tooth on the same side of the mouth - he is 70 years old. We don't know much about the subject and while I don't know if I should worry about the implant itself, I got very worried when I heard that since the procedure has a high risk of being problematic if there's an infection, he will be put on antibiotics for a long time. Having myself been through a long history of complications from antibiotics and thinking that it shouldn't be necessary to take antibiotics for the whole body when the target is the mouth, I wonder if there would be alternatives such as local antibiotics that could be used only where the problem lies. We trust the dentist and we wouldn't do anything without his approval, but I suspect that the dentist wouldn't understand the importance of avoiding the antibiotics. So I thought of looking for information on (preferably paleo) alternatives before discussing them with the dentist. Anyone who could help me with that? Thanks.

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Good idea about the probiotics before, thanks!

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Thanks, I didn't think of crowns! I'll try to find out if there is a special reason for the implant.

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Thanks for caring. We will only avoid the antibiotics if there is a healthier alternative that doesn't risk anything.

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at 03:08 PM

Thanks for your answer. I was hoping for a healthy alternative, but there probably isn't one.

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If it was my dad, I'd want him to take the antibiotics, but also some good probiotic supplement (yogurt is not enough!) AND some resistant starch as a pre-biotic that will get down into the gut to feed good bacteria.

Dental infections can go into the bone, and that's no matter to take lightly. It's bad enough to amputate a leg or arm if an infection threatens life, but amputating a jaw is a different matter entirely. And this is very close to the brain.

I'd have him start the probiotics BEFORE the procedure, and gradually build up his tolerance to the prebiotics beforehand because too much too fast can cause GI distress. The recommended dose is 4 Tbsp. per day of raw potato starch, taken cold--he can mix it with liquids (fermented milk or tea is ideal) yogurt, sprinkle it on food, etc.

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on January 27, 2014
at 07:47 PM

Good idea about the probiotics before, thanks!

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on January 27, 2014
at 03:24 PM

Crown or other non invasive alternative. Taking AB isn't a great idea. My wife had two implants over the years and did AB both times and outwardly shows no sign of trouble. She always eats plenty of yogurt but if it was I, I'd look for all the alternatives first. I doubt a dentist will do the implants without AB because of liability.

D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

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on January 27, 2014
at 03:35 PM

Thanks, I didn't think of crowns! I'll try to find out if there is a special reason for the implant.

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on January 27, 2014
at 02:47 PM

Please, listen to the dentist and let him take the antibiotics. Antibiotics are definitely not something you want to take often that's for sure, but at 70 years old, the immune system is usually not strong enough to fight off bacteria from large wounds on its own. If he does the operation but does not take the antibiotic, the odds are very high he will develop an infection, which if untreated will kill him in an extremely painful and gruesome manner. If he gets the infection and goes to the hospital the treatment will be (you guessed it) antibiotics, except this time the dose will be much, much higher to ward off sepsis. Do not try to go around this, antibiotics are a marvel of science and have saved millions of lives. Fear of antibiotics is a first world problem, where I came from having them is a blessing as people would often die of infection due to lack of antibiotics, it's not something to be taken lightly.

D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

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on January 27, 2014
at 03:08 PM

Thanks for caring. We will only avoid the antibiotics if there is a healthier alternative that doesn't risk anything.

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on January 27, 2014
at 02:46 PM

it's a cost/benefit thing. Ultimately, at your fathers age, a bad bacterial infection could kill him. I whereas the cost to AB use is a few months of messed up gut flora.

Don't get me wrong, I think AB use should be limited. And I think society is far too quick to prescribe AB. But in this case the math just does not add up.

My advise, take the AB, and invest in a good probiotic to help heal afterwards.

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on January 27, 2014
at 03:08 PM

Thanks for your answer. I was hoping for a healthy alternative, but there probably isn't one.

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