What Are Prophylactic Antibiotics and Do I Need Them?

What Are Prophylactic Antibiotics and Do I Need Them?

What Are Prophylactic Antibiotics and Do I Need Them?

March 13th, 2020

Most patients’ immune systems are healthy enough to fight any bacteria that may enter the bloodstream. Infections after dental procedures are rare. According to recent studies on bacteremia after dental procedures. The side effects of antibiotics usually outweigh the benefit of premedicating. Upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, bacteria resistance, and the possibility of life-threatening allergic reactions are all reasons why prophylactic antibiotics aren’t used for every patient. However, if you are otherwise healthy and have a severe tooth or gum infection, your dentist may prescribe a round of antibiotics before treatment to help kill some of the bacteria that are present.

The guidelines for prophylactic antibiotics are always being reviewed and updated. Many years ago, patients with heart murmurs, a history of rheumatic fever, and joint replacements needed to premedicate, but this is no longer the case.

If you need a prophylactic antibiotic, make sure your prescription is filled before each visit. If you run out of medicine, let your dentist or hygienist know as soon as possible.

It’s important to remember that not every patient with a compromised immune system or heart condition needs prophylactic antibiotics. Your dentist and medical team can help you determine if premedication is necessary for you.

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