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Should prophylactic antibiotics be given prior to the procedure for extraction of eruputed tooth #30?  Was not, and severe infection followed losing two more teeth.

Leslie -  Unless there is evidence of an existing infection prior to the extraction, there is usually not a need for antibiotics prior to the extraction.  That is, unless the patient has a medical condition, like a heart defect, that necessitates the use of an antibiotic prior to any dental surgery.  

So if the infection occurred after the extractions, it does not mean that an infection existed prior.  That is, unless the dentist did not diagnose it or did not notice it.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me again.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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