Avoiding Antibiotic Misuse

The misuse of antibiotics in dentistry happens often, but by consulting an endodontist during diagnosis, the risk can be greatly reduced. In the dental practice, there are generally two reasons why a patient might be prescribed antibiotics: prophylactic prevention or therapeutic treatment. Prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed to prevent diseases that begin in the oral flora, but could potentially affect other parts of the body. Most often, these antibiotics are used for the prevention of endocarditis. On the other hand, therapeutic antibiotics are used in dentistry to treat diseases of the hard and soft tissues in the oral cavity; usually after local debridement has failed. The causes for both prophylactic and therapeutic antibiotics fall under the umbrella of endodontic responsibility, meaning it is critical for endodontists to understand antibiotic use and misuse in the industry. At Professional Endodontics, our specialists are trained to be weary of antibiotic use, and in the case that they are necessary, be certain that the prescription isn’t exaggerated. A Summary of Antibiotics in Dentistry Despite the lack of clinical evidence demonstrating the need for antibiotics, dentists have been prescribing them for decades, and still do. The reasoning is founded in the dentist’s intention to make their patients [...]