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Awareness on antibiotic prescription for endodontic cases among Dentists and Endodontists in Saudi Arabia



Ahmed Ali Alelyani1, Raid Abdullah Almnea*,1, Rizwan Qureshi2, Ziyad Mohammad Assiri3, Mansour Hamad Alkorbi3, Khaled Ahmed Almasabi3 & Siraj DAA Khan4



1Restorative Department, Endodontic Division, Faculty of Dentistry, Najran University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2Faculty of Dentistry, Najran University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 3Faculty of Dentistry, Najran University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 4Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Najran University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; *Corresponding author



Raid Abdullah Almnea - E-mail: raidalmnea@gmail.com; Phone: +966-17541-7960

Siraj DAA Khan - E-mail: sdkhan@nu.edu.sa

Ahmed Ali Alelyani - E-mail: aaalelyani1@gmail.com

Rizwan Qureshi - E-mail: rijzwan.dr@gmail.com

Ziyad Mohammad Assiri - E-mail: e-zi2009@hotmail.com

Mansour Hamad Alkorbi - E-mail: mansourbinhaziq@gmail.com

Khaled Ahmed Almasabi - E-mail: kalbakry@outlook.com


Article Type

Research Article



Received March 1, 2024; Revised March 31, 2024; Accepted March 31, 2024, Published March 31, 2024



The knowledge of Dentists and Endodontists in Saudi Arabia regarding antibiotic prescriptions during and after endodontic treatment is of interest. A self-designed questionnaire survey was utilized to assess the knowledge of dentists across various cities in Saudi Arabia concerning antibiotic usage guidelines for endodontic purposes. A total of 391 participants were included in the study, and the questionnaire was distributed through social platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and email. Results revealed that over 80% of participants acknowledged the need for antibiotics in cases of acute apical abscess with cellulitis, with amoxicillin being the most recommended antibiotic by dentists. Interestingly, there was no statistically significant difference in knowledge based on experience or graduation group. In conclusion, while participants demonstrated adequate knowledge about antibiotic prescriptions in endodontic cases, continued awareness of updated guidelines, including the WHO's Essential Medicines List (EML), guidelines by the European Society of Endodontology (ESE) and American Association Endodontists (AAE) is essential for optimal clinical practice.



Endodontics, prescription, antibiotics, acute apical abscess



Alelyani et al. Bioinformation 20(3): 282-291 (2024)


Edited by

Peter N Puspharaj






Biomedical Informatics



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