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Around 10% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are prescribed by dentists. (Image: LOVELUCK/Shutterstock)

Interview: Antibiotics are often overprescribed in an arbitrary manner in dentistry

By Franziska Beier, Dental Tribune International
July 09, 2019

The use of antibiotics remains a controversial topic. A recent study investigated the necessity of antibiotics for the prevention of dental implant infections. Lead author Dr. Ismael Khouly, Associate Director of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the New York University College of Dentistry, U.S., and his colleagues found that the prophylactic use of antibiotics has no influence on the prevalence of post-surgical dental implant complications in patients who are healthy overall. Khouly was so kind as to answer DTI’s questions on the topic.

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The use of antibiotics remains a controversial topic. A recent study investigated the necessity of antibiotics for the prevention of dental implant infections. Lead author Dr. Ismael Khouly, Associate Director of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the New York University College of Dentistry, U.S., and his colleagues found that the prophylactic use of antibiotics has no influence on the prevalence of post-surgical dental implant complications in patients who are healthy overall. Khouly was so kind as to answer DTI’s questions on the topic.

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