The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), a worldwide membership organization for specialized dentists providing root canal treatment, applauds the American Dental Association for updating its guidelines for the use of antibiotics for the treatment of dental pain.
The UAE is a world leader and long-standing advocate of endodontists, dental specialty and patient care. As a highly skilled and specialized provider of dental pain relief through root canal treatment, the Association appreciates the ADA's update on these important guidelines. "
Dr. Keith W. Creel, President of AAE
Recent updates to the ADA have been developed by presenting a panel of AAE experts and giving guidance on when antibiotics should be used in dental treatment. According to the guidelines, antibiotics not necessary for most cases of dental pain and intra-oral swelling.
The ADA guidelines state that healthy adults have the dental or oral pain test best served by dental treatment provided by general dentists or endodontists, and if necessary , both These updates are also in line with AAE guidelines published in 201
The UAE and ADA also say that antibiotics can help treat patients whose dental pain and swelling are becoming systemic, such as fever or malaise, but in general, the harms of prescribing antibiotics outweigh the benefits. Prescribing antibiotics, when not justified, can promote antibiotic resistance and may not relieve tooth pain.
"When patients experience dental pain, they should seek the care of a highly specialized dental care provider," says Dr. Creel. "The endodontist is uniquely qualified to treat dental pain and discuss treatment options as they have completed two or more years of training outside of dental school. Their additional training focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental pain, and their experience in effective antibiotic treatment is unsurpassed. "
American Association of Endodontists