If left untreated, periodontal disease leads to severe inflammation and tooth loss. The use of antibiotic treatments can be used in combination with scaling and root planing, curettage, surgery, or they can be used as a stand-alone treatment to help reduce bacteria before and/or after many of the most common periodontal procedures.
Several different types of antibiotic treatments are available, including oral antibiotics and topical gels that are applied directly to the gum pockets to treat gingivitis. In cases of acute periodontal infection, refractory periodontal disease, prepubertal periodontal disease and juvenile periodontal disease, antibiotic treatments have been super effective.
It is possible to prescribe antibiotics at a low dose for longer-term use or as a short-term medication to prevent recolonization of the bacteria.
Direct delivery of antibiotics to the gum surface has the advantage of not affecting the rest of the body. In the case of scaling and root planing procedures, topical gels and direct delivery methods tend to be preferred over their oral counterparts. The following are some of the most commonly used direct delivery antibiotics:
It is usually possible to observe noticeable periodontal improvements following the administration of systemic or oral antibiotics. In order to aid in the healing of your periodontal disease, your periodontist or dentist will incorporate and recommend the necessary antibiotic treatments.
Ask your dentist if you have any questions regarding periodontal disease or antibiotic treatments.
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