Dental Implant

Should Antibiotics be taken after having a root canal?

Antibiotics, a medicine to treat bacterial infections, are not effective in treating root canal infections. You will be given a prescription for antibiotics if you feel it will be necessary.

Note: Some medical conditions require special antibiotic prophylaxis taken before the appointment to help prevent damage to certain structures. (Giving a patient antibiotic before a dental treatment is known as antibiotic prophylaxis.). This poses a risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream, which can put patients with compromised health at risk of developing an infection elsewhere in the body.