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Dental Research and Management (ISSN: 2572-6978)


No Antibiotics for Tooth Extractions in Diabetic Patients

Alexandre Frascino

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Published on August, 2016


Diabetes is a disease associated with increased surgical complications and deficient  tissue repair. However, recent publications claim that non-compensated diabetic  patients have not increased risk for postoperative complications in simple tooth  extractions. The tissue repair is a complex sequence of cellular and molecular events  that act in concert to restore the structures damaged by trauma and disease and is  critical to the maintenance of homeostasis of living organisms. All surgical procedures  must be based on the best local and systemic health conditions for the repair processes  to restore the integrity and prior tissue architecture [1].

Hyperglycemia as a result of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is related to changes in bone  formation, delayed fracture healing and tissue repair deficient. These complications  have in common the increased intracellular oxidative stress and overproduction of  reactive oxygen species (Reactive Oxygen Species - ROS) [2]. Four basic mechanisms  are responsible for an increased production of ROS. he first is the increase of polyol  pathway flux; characterized by the second increase in the advanced glycosylation end  products (advanced glycation end-products, AGEs); based on the third activation  of protein kinase C isoforms (protein kinase C, PKC) and finally the increase of  hexosamine athway (hexosamine biosynthesis pathway - BPH) [3,4]. There is a  consensus among authors that the repair of dental alveoli in hyperglycemia conditions  presents a deficit at all stages of tissue repair. However, clinically it is observed  that despite the delay in wound repair, there is no increased risk of postoperative  complications like alveolitis, postsurgical infections or exposure of the bone tissue,  which is manifested as pain, redness and fever [5]. Thus, there is no consensus in the  literature to recommend the use of antibiotics in order to prevent infections in diabetic  patients undergoing simple extractions; the dentist should monitor the progress of  patient throughout the postoperative period [6].


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