Use of Antibiotics in Dentistry

Antibiotics are a powerful adjunct to be utilized with other clinical treatment and should not be solely relied on to treat dental infections.

The overuse of antibiotics in the pre and post treatment of dentistry is widespread and contributing to the creation of antibiotic resistant superbugs. As a result, it is advised that the clinician have a proper diagnosis of the patient’s problem and prescribe a narrow spectrum antibiotic to address the condition. Conditions that warrant antibiotic treatment include:

  • Oral infections with elevated body temperatures

  • Evidence the infection has spread systemically

  • Facial cellulitis and/or dysphagia

  • Periodontal abscess

  • Acute periodontal infection where drainage is impossible

  • ANUG

  • Sinusitis

  • Pericoronitis

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