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Should Antibiotics Be Routinely Used for Third Molar Surgery?

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Background: Third molar surgery is 1 of the most common procedures performed. Antibiotics are frequently administered. This practice is controversial because it is unclear whether perioperative antibiotics are indicated and whether routine administration can cause increased resistance, delayed infection, and adverse effects. Objective: To assess the efficacy of either penicillin antibiotics or nitroimidazole antibiotics in preventing dry socket and/or infection associated with thir more...
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