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2021 Jan 21

Br Dent J

AAA: a rock and a hard place.


Modgill O, Patel G, Akintola D, Obisesan O, Tagar H
Br Dent J. 2021 Jan 21.
PMID: 33479516.


Introduction This retrospective analysis sought to ascertain the effect of the advice, analgesia and antibiotics (AAA) regimen upon the appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing for those patients attending for emergency dental extraction at the Department of Oral Surgery, King's College Dental Hospital (KCDH), London. This has subsequently been used as a foundation upon which to discuss the potential factors that are likely to have had an effect upon the prescribing patterns of general dental practitioners (GDPs) throughout the United Kingdom (UK) at this time and possible future implications should the UK experience a second mandatory closure of primary care dental settings.Materials and methods Retrospective data collection for patients attending for emergency dental extractions was performed at the Department of Oral Surgery, KCDH. Data were collected between March-June 2020 during KCDH's designation as an urgent dental care hub.Results In total, 1,414 patients attended for emergency dental extraction. Four hundred and seventy-one (33.3%) patients sought advice from their GDP before contacting KCDH's emergency dental triage service. Prior to attending KCDH for emergency dental extraction, 665 (47%) patients were prescribed antibiotics by a primary care health provider.Conclusion Our findings suggest that the AAA regimen may have inadvertently contributed to inappropriate prescription of systemic antibiotics by GDPs.