How antibiotics are used in dentistry?
Oral Surgery Extractions
Studies show that antibiotic treatment in association with having impacted third molars removed has concluded that there are several benefits:
Patients experience lower incidence of post-surgical infections
Decrease likelihood of developing ‘dry socket’
It should be noted that only about 5% of patients that have had third molars removed will develop post-operative infection. As a result, it is recommended that antibiotics not be prescribed following routine extraction of impacted third molars unless:
The extraction was exceptionally difficult
Patient has an underlying health problem compromising the patient’s ability to resist infection
The extraction area is acutely infected
Other extenuating circumstances.