Pre-op antibiotics, yay or nay?
August 19, 2010 9:37 AM Subscribe
I'm getting all four of my impacted wisdom teeth out tomorrow. In a study done in 2007, one dose of pre-op antibiotics has been shown to lower infection rates by 50%, and might do more good than several days of antibiotics post-op. My oral surgeon's office apparently does not follow that practice. Is there any danger in me taking one of the doses of amoxicillin that has already been prescribed for this procedure the night before?
posted by wending my way to health & fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in good health, have no drug allergies, and am on no other medication. The amoxicillin is already prescribed in my name for this specific surgery by this dentist, I would just be taking one dose pre-surgery and the rest by the schedule after. I can't think of any reason to not go ahead and pre-dose myself since my DDS apparently doesn't subscribe to that 2007 study (if they even know about it), but I want to make sure there's nothing glaring I'm missing. (I just called the dentist to check, and the person who answered the phone, possibly a nurse, said there were no instructions to take anything beforehand unless I had a heart murmur, which I don't.)
I know YANAD and all consequences are on my own head, but, logically, is there some major reason I'm missing to not go ahead and do this? 50% is a pretty big number, and I can't think of any danger in taking one dose early.