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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines are the strongest resources to aid dental professionals in clinical decision making and help incorporate evidence gained through scientific investigation into patient care. Guidelines include recommendation statements intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.

Antibiotics for Dental Pain and Swelling Guideline

A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents clinical recommendations concerning the use of antibiotics for the urgent management of pulpal- and periapical-related dental pain and intra-oral swelling.

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Didn't find the evidence you were looking for? Please click on the button below to explore additional research available through the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's Evidence Database:

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A methodology for developing clinical practice guidelines is described in the ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines Handbook. PLEASE NOTE: This handbook does not totally reflect the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's most current guideline methodology, which is described in the book "How to Use Evidence-Based Dental Practices to Improve Your Clinical Decision Making." Additional insight into the center's most current methodology is also available by referring to clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants