At Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Endodontics, we sometimes recommend antibiotics before an endodontic treatment, a practice known as antibiotic prophylaxis. We do so, when needed, to eliminate existing infections and prevent new, potentially serious ones from developing. Our team will evaluate your unique needs and determine whether an antibiotics regimen before treatment is right for you!
Why Would You Require Antibiotics Before Endodontic Treatments?
During any dental procedure, oral bacteria may enter the bloodstream but, in most cases, that doesn’t pose a risk to your health. However, some patients are at a higher risk of developing infections, including an infection of the heart lining or valves, a potentially serious condition known as infective endocarditis.
According to the American Heart Association, antibiotic prophylaxis is required for individuals with a history of heart problems that would elevate the risk of developing infective endocarditis, including patients with artificial heart valves, a heart transplant with valve problems, a history of infective endocarditis, or certain congenital heart defects. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) also recommends antibiotic prophylaxis for patients that have undergone hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery.
More Reasons You May Require Antibiotic Prophylaxis
At Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Endodontics, we may recommend antibiotics before endodontic procedures for patients with compromised immune systems to lower the risk of infection. Other reasons you may require antibiotics are acute or chronic infections in the mouth, especially if accompanied by swelling or fever.
When severe infection is present in the mouth, it puts the neighboring areas, such as the brain, at risk of complications. In these cases, antibiotics limit the inflammation, so it doesn’t get out of control. Moreover, having an infection makes it difficult to numb the area with a local anesthetic, so it’s best to control it with antibiotics prior to endodontic treatment.
Do Antibiotics Eliminate the Need for Endodontic Therapy?
While antibiotics can eliminate active infections, they cannot heal teeth with infected pulp tissues and are no substitute for endodontic treatment. Even though it may seem like the tooth is better, the source of the infection remains and will continue to cause problems. The only way to restore a diseased tooth’s health is through root canal therapy, which involves removing the pulp tissue and sealing the nerve chamber.
Quality Endodontic Treatments Near Me
Talk to your trusted team at Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Endodontics to determine whether you require antibiotic prophylaxis before an upcoming endodontic treatment. Our team is committed to providing exceptional care while ensuring you are safe throughout any procedure. Call us and schedule your appointment today!