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Old 01-13-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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My husband had his tooth extracted yesterday. He had 4 pills of amoxycillin ( 500mg) before the extraction. I understand this needs to be taken. Now he has been prescribed 500 mg of amoxycillin every 6 hours for the week. Is this normal practice? What is the purpose of prescribing antibiotic after the procedure? It seems such a high dose. He had just the tooth extracted and the bone grafting done. Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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I'm no dentist - but, I do recall being prescribed antibiotics after an extraction. While we're at it, I can tell you that chewing on the side if the extraction forced food particles into the area once occupied by my tooth. A nasty infection followed, and I ended up on more antibiotics and some much needed pain killers.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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Many dentists prescribe it to avoid complications after extractions. Unless your husband is allergic to it, it won't hurt him and may help avoid further problems.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:51 PM
 
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ADA guidelines are here Antibiotic Prophylaxis

the dose is not "high", it is standard dosing for that drug
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:31 PM
 
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The antibiotics are because of the bone graft. He has a foreign body in his jaw which has an increased risk of infection. Without a bone graft, antibiotics don't reduce the infection rate if the tooth was not infected to begin with.
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