Antibiotics in Dentistry

The use of antibiotic has become a major healthcare issue. The wide antibiotic prescriptions develop resistance to them.  There is a time and a place for antibiotics in dentistry, but prescribers need to exercise much more prudence when using antibiotics and should be sure they are really needed when they write the prescription.

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Prescribing Antibiotics

Dr. Kopel speaks about the premedication requirements prior to dental procedures.  Many years ago patients were routinely prescribed antibiotics to take before dental procedures if they had mild heart conditions. Antibiotics were taken several days before and after dental procedures in these patients.    

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Premedication with Antibiotic

Dr. Howard Kopel speaks about the premedication requirements prior to dental procedures, and how it was changed over the years. Many years ago patients were routinely prescribed antibiotics to take before dental procedures if they had heart murmurs or other mild heart conditions. Antibiotics were taken several days before and after dental procedures in these...

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Loss of Vertical Dimension

Dr. Kopel explains the problem of the loss of vertical dimension. This relates to adult aging.  Dr. Howard Kopel provides examples of the loss of vertical dimension such as shorter facial proportion, crack at corner of lip, etc. and he explains how to restore the patient back to a youthful appearance.

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Posterior Dentition

What is posterior dentition and how can it affect my smile? When you lack of posterior teeth, it may have many negative consequences on your oral health.  Your back teeth support the vertical height of your face, and if the back teeth are missing, this may lead to a posterior bite collapse.

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