Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which leads to severe inflammation and tooth loss if left untreated. Antibiotic treatments can be used in combination with scaling and root planning, curettage, surgery or as a stand-alone treatment to help reduce bacteria before and/or after many common periodontal procedures.
Antibiotic treatments come in several different types, including oral forms and topical gels which are applied directly into the gum pockets. Research has shown that in the case of acute periodontal infection, refractory periodontal disease, prepubertal periodontal disease and juvenile periodontal disease, antibiotic treatments have been incredibly effective.
Antibiotics can be prescribed at a low dose for longer term use, or as a short term medication to deter bacteria from re-colonizing.
Oral antibiotics tend to affect the whole body and are less commonly prescribed than topical gel. Here are some specific details about several different types of oral antibiotics:
The biggest advantage of the direct delivery of antibiotics to the surfaces of the gums is that the whole body is not affected. Direct delivery methods tend to be preferred over their oral counterparts and are extremely effective when used after scaling and root planing procedures. One of the most commonly used direct delivery antibiotics is Arestin. This Minocycline antibiotic comes in mini capsules which are delivered into the gums after scaling and root planning. It is painless and treats only the affected pocket.
Noticeable periodontal improvements are usually seen after systemic or oral antibiotic treatment. Dr. Frankel will incorporate and recommend the necessary antibiotic treatments as necessary for the healing of your periodontal condition.