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European Society of Endodontology position statement: the use of antibiotics in endodontics

Review article
Authors J. J. Segura-Egea
K. Gould
Peter Jonasson
E. Cotti
A. Mazzoni
H. Sunay
L. Tjaderhane
P. M. H. Dummer
Published in International Endodontic Journal
Volume 51
Issue 1
Pages 20-25
ISSN 0143-2885
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Odontology, Section 1
Pages 20-25
Language en
Keywords antimicrobial agents, apical periodontitis, endodontic infection, periapical periodontitis, pulpitis, dental traumatology guidelines, infective endocarditis, permanent teeth, international association, heart-association, prophylaxis, management, osteonecrosis, therapy, jaw
Subject categories Endodontology


This position statement represents a consensus of an expert committee convened by the European Society of Endodontology (ESE) on Antibiotics in Endodontics. The statement is based on current scientific evidence as well as the expertise of the committee. The goal is to provide dentists and other healthcare workers with evidence-based criteria for when to use antibiotics in the treatment of endodontic infections, traumatic injuries of the teeth, revascularization procedures in immature teeth with pulp necrosis, and in prophylaxis for medically compromised patients. It also highlights the role that dentists and others can play in preventing the overuse of antibiotics. A recent review article provides the basis for this position statement and more detailed background information (International Endodontic Journal, 2017, Given the dynamic nature of research in this area, this position statement will be updated at appropriate intervals.

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