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Tooth infection and back surgery

BarMcBBarMc Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm a new member and just wondered if anyone knew if a tooth infection could get into your metal work in your neck and back if you have had a previous episode of infection after surgery?

The reason is that I am suffering from a tooth infection and I am also having a lot of terrible back pain and after my last lumber surgery I developed an infection and I was in hospital for a number of weeks and the consultant at the time said the infection could come back but that was a number of years ago now ( 9 yrs)

Thanks for your help


  • my doctor postponed my sugery due to my white count being to high he said the risk is to high of infection setting in around the metal.If that happens they might have to remove hardware
  • Hi again,
    Thanks for your comments - I will see how I go on when I have finished the antibiotics he has put me on as I am in an awful lot of pain. I'm on max dose of Tramadol and have been taking Paracetamol and still needed Sevredol (morphine) in the night so really keeping my fingers crossed it is because I am unwell and not gone into my back.

    Had 2 x Lumber Surgery the latter with syn cage and also developed an infection
    2 x Neck Fusions
    Gall Bladder removal
  • I was told from both my surgeon and the dentist that because I have hardware in, that it is important to take 4 x amoxicillin (antibiotics) 1 hr prior to any dental work. This goes for even a clean and check up.
    We had a long discussion on this quite a while ago and the consensus was that most patients were told the same if they asked and it is better to be safe then sorry.
    This is also usually ordered for anyone with a heart condition (dont remember which one) and also for hip replacements.
    I was also told by my surgeon to have a check up about 6 weeks prior to surgery.
    Blessings Sara
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