Dr. A. asks:
As an experienced periodontist, I am always looking for evidenced-based guidance for any surgical technique.
Is anyone aware of any evidence-based protocol for the use of antibiotics routinely for placement of dental implants? In speaking to many other surgical practitioners, there seems to be no standard protocol that is adhered to. It has been suggested to use amoxicillin, tetracycline, clindamycin, and others too many to list. The dosing schedule also varies from pre-surgical to post-surgical start. So where are the studies to validate these antibiotic protocols? What are thoughts?