In dentistry our golden rule is to preserve tooth structure when restoring a broken or decayed tooth. Watch our dental education videos.
Dr. Howard Kopel speaks about antibiotics used prior to dental procedures. Dentists routinely prescribed patients 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. Watch our dental education videos.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to relieve the preoperative and postoperative pain. These medications manage the pain during the procedures. Generally, procedures on hard tooth structure that do not involve the pulp create little or no inflammatory response. Watch our dental education videos.
Dentists prescribe antibiotics when necessary, and also they have the judgment to not prescribe them when not necessary. Watch our dental education videos.
Dr. Olga Karnakova discusses the administration of narcotic pain medications and emphasizes these medications addictive qualities. Addiction and misuse occurs when patients use the medication beyond the doctor’s prescription, with the intention of getting high or relieving anxiety or stress. Watch our dental education videos.
Recent studies also indicate that prophylactic antibiotics may not be useful for preventing infections in patients with artificial joint replacements. Because of this, patients who have artificial joints should contact their orthopedic physicians for guidance and prescriptions when possible. Watch our dental education videos.