Title

Interventions for replacing missing teeth: antibiotics at dental implant placement to prevent complications

Bottom line

Oral administration of 2 grams of amoxicillin 1 hour before placement of dental implants is effective in reducing implant failures.

Details

Missing teeth can sometimes be replaced with dental implants to which a crown, bridge or denture can be attached. Bacteria introduced during placement of implants can lead to infection and sometimes implant failure. It appears that the oral administration of 2 grams of amoxicillin 1 hour before placement of dental implants is effective in reducing implant failures. More specifically, giving antibiotics to 33 patients will avoid one patient experiencing early implant losses. It is still unclear whether postoperative antibiotics are of any additional benefits.

Source

The Cochrane Library

Publication type

Systematic Review

Evidence level

High

Publication date

01/06/2010

Date reviewed

29/04/2011

Bibliographic record

Esposito M, Worthington HV et al. Interventions for replacing missing teeth: antibiotics at dental implant placement to prevent complications. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 7

Full text link

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochra ...

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