Root Canal Antibiotics

Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC

Endodontics located in New York, NY

Antibiotics are often necessary before a root canal to prevent infection and preserve your oral health. At Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, prescribes antibiotics to patients with infections, excessive swelling, weakened immune systems, and other complications that can interfere with a root canal. Call the office located in the Midtown West area of New York City today, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about root canal antibiotics.

Root Canal Antibiotics Q & A

What are root canal antibiotics?

Antibiotics help treat bacterial infections. While antibiotics can’t treat an existing root canal infection, they can prevent it from spreading to your bloodstream and surrounding tissue. Root canal antibiotics are especially beneficial if you’re at risk of developing infective endocarditis (IE), a severe infection that affects your heart and valves.

After a comprehensive dental exam that includes digital X-rays, Dr. Kaplan can determine whether root canal antibiotics are right for you.

Why might I need root canal antibiotics?

A root canal is a procedure that removes inflamed or infected pulp from the center of your tooth. The pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, is vital for early tooth development. Once your tooth matures, you no longer need pulp.

Deep decay or infection can weaken your tooth structure, leading to pain and discomfort. Removing your pulp is often the best course of treatment to preserve your tooth health.

How do I use root canal antibiotics?

Before prescribing antibiotics, Dr. Kaplan performs a dental exam and plans your procedure. A full exam helps determine the type of procedure you need. If you need a calcified root canal, the procedure may be more extensive than traditional endodontic treatment.

The most common types of antibiotics prescribed before a root canal are penicillin and amoxicillin. Dr. Kaplan helps choose the right antibiotic for you. Once you receive your prescription, you should take your antibiotics at least 24 hours before your procedure.

Does everyone need antibiotics before a root canal?

Not everyone benefits from antibiotics before root canal therapy. Taking antibiotics too frequently may reduce their efficacy. Many individuals are also allergic to antibiotics, so it’s important to talk to Dr. Kaplan before your procedure about any negative reactions you’ve experienced in the past.

If you’re allergic to a specific antibiotic, Dr. Kaplan may prescribe a different type. He may also utilize laser technology to help clear your infection. With an onsite dental surgical microscope, Dr. Kaplan can view your canals to ensure no bacteria remain after your procedure.

Call the Midtown West office of Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC today, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about root canal antibiotics.