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Are Antibiotics Necessary For Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery?
Posted on 5/22/2023 by Dr. Michael Allard
In oral and maxillofacial surgery, antibiotics are often used to prevent and treat infections. Yet, there is a question that has to be asked about whether or not antibiotics are always required for treatments of this kind.
Antibiotics Use In Oral Surgery Varies Depending On Several Factors
To prevent or cure infections, antibiotics are sometimes necessary. Antibiotics may help people with weak immune systems due to conditions like diabetes or HIV. Antibiotic prophylaxis may also be helpful for people with a history of infections or who have had prior surgical procedures. Certain oral and maxillofacial operations, such as the implantation of dental implants and bone grafting, might also increase susceptibility to infection. Antibiotics may be required to prevent infection and facilitate healing in such circumstances.
Nevertheless, oral and maxillofacial procedures may not necessarily need antibiotics. In reality, resistant bacteria may grow when antibiotics are overused, making the initial infection harder to cure. Antibiotics may be safely skipped in situations when they are not needed. Instead, the danger of infection may be lessened with standard operating procedures such as sterile tools, gloves, and drapes.
Antibiotics play an essential part in avoiding infections and treating those that have already occurred during oral and maxillofacial surgery; nevertheless, antibiotics are not always required. By doing surgery with the appropriate procedures and selecting patients with extreme caution, it is possible to avoid using antibiotics altogether. Before undergoing any operation, it is essential to discuss the possible advantages and dangers of antibiotics with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to select the treatment plan that will be most effective for your specific requirements.
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