Antibiotics Before Wisdom Teeth Removal What to Consider

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Antibiotics have found widespread use in every type of medical condition and diseases. One such area where you might have heard the doctors prescribe the use of antibiotics is during the removal of the wisdom teeth. However, it is normal for the administration of antibiotics after the removal of the wisdom teeth. But if your dentist is asking you to take antibiotics prior to the removal of the wisdom teeth, then there are certain things that you must consider. Go through the slide to know the things to consider while taking antibiotics before the removal of wisdom teeth.


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Antibiotics Before Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Consider


You may have heard dentists prescribing antibiotics before certain surgical procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal, however, antibiotics can be both beneficial and counterproductive.


Here are the things that you must consider while taking antibiotics before wisdom teeth removal.


Wisdom teeth removal process risks


Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that certainly has its pros and cons and both should be weighed thoroughly before undergoing the operation.


The most common risk is an infection and using antibiotics for this procedure is common but usually we are used to antibiotics being prescribed after a surgery, not necessarily before.


What are antibiotics used for in dental procedures?


Dental procedures, such as extractions, that pose a risk to the patient in terms of developing an infection require some forethought on the part of the dental surgeon performing the procedure.


Antibiotics are sometimes essential to help ensure that an infection doesn’t develop after the fact, however, in preventive care antibiotics may also be prescribed under a specific set of circumstances.


The risk of infection in wisdom teeth extraction


As mentioned before, there is certainly a risk of infection in wisdom teeth removal, as well as something called dry socket and infections can lead to serious health problems.


What conditions require preventive antibiotic treatments?


Under normal circumstances and in most average wisdom teeth extraction cases, antibiotics are usually not prescribed before such a procedure.


However, there are some unique circumstances that often require antibiotic treatment before wisdom teeth extraction.


Joint implants


If a patient has a joint implant, particularly if there have been issues with the implant in the past, they are at a heightened risk of developing an infection.


Heart conditions


Patients who have heart conditions are at risk of infective endocarditis & here are specific situations where patients with heart conditions may need to undergo preventive antibiotic care.


Patients with a heart valve or congenital heart disease Patients who have experienced infective endocarditis in the past Patients with cardiac transplants Patients who have undergone cardiac valve surgeries


Autoimmune issues


These are a few immune-system related complications that warrant antibiotic treatment before wisdom tooth extraction.


Patients with arthritis Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes Patients with HIV Patients with lupus


Medications can affect your immune system


Along with medical conditions, certain medications can also inhibit your body’s immune system response & here are some that you should be aware of.


Steroids, including inhalers for asthma Anti-depressant medications Medications for heartburn or indigestion Medications to regulate cholesterol Certain painkillers


How to get more information


The professionals here at the Dental Group of Simi Valley have been performing wisdom tooth extractions for Simi Valley, CA, residents for decades upon decades with great success.


Preparing for wisdom teeth removal isn’t a one-size-fits-all process and it is important for your dental professional to take your own unique circumstances into consideration.


That is why here at Dental Group of Simi Valley we take extra precaution to ensure our patients’ safety and recovery & please free to contact us directly.

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