Local Antibiotic Treatment

Local Antibiotic Treatment

Despite the fact that periodontal disease is very common, few people receive proper treatment for this infection. Periodontal disease comes from plaque collecting on the surface of your teeth along the gumline. It is made up of saliva and bacteria. That is why a local antibiotic treatment is often used in conjunction with scaling and root planing. It helps to kill bacteria and prevent periodontal infection from recurring as your gums heal. Also, when it comes to aggressive periodontitis, the faster it can be treated the less likely your infection will lead to greater problems like bone loss, tooth loss, and even heart disease.

Treatment Process for Gum Disease Using Local Antibiotics

First, the dentist will often treat your gum disease with scaling and root planing. This treatment removes calculus and tartar from the tooth surface and below the gumline. It also smoothes the surface of teeth for a more rapid recovery and reduced risk of re-infection. Then, for the local antibiotic treatment, an antimicrobial therapy is applied directly to the site of infection. It works to slow down the growth and kill off bacteria. Because the antibiotics come in gel, powder, or strip form they stay in place. Once the treatment is applied the local antibiotic treatment will protect your smile for days, even weeks after the procedure. This is why, where possible, a localized antibiotic treatment is the preferred method of treatment for most dentists.

Why Does Local Antibiotic Treatment Work?

Periodontal disease can be difficult to treat with permanent results. Gingivitis and periodontitis are mixed infections, meaning they come from a diversity of harmful bacteria. As such, not all pathogens are likely to be eliminated with the mere use of one antibiotic. In turn, you could need a serial or combination therapy of antibiotics to kill the infection entirely, and keep it gone. Ingesting these antibiotics systematically would expose your entire body to the medications. However, with a local delivery our dentist can use smaller doses of topical agents delivered directly to the site. This will help patients avoid the side effects of oral antibiotics. It also targets the microorganisms causing the infection and exposes them to higher concentrations of the bacteria killing agents.

Additionally, the local antibiotic treatment is far more effective than periodontal surgery alone. In some cases the pathogens that cause gum disease will remain in the tissues, even after scaling and root planing. So, as the gums begin to heal after therapy they can be re-infected. Because the antibiotics can conform to the surface of gums and kill the harmful bacteria on the surface, even in hard to reach places, re-infection is far less likely. Some antibiotic treatments for periodontitis will even prevent bone loss and reduce the pocket depth of gums that are common symptoms of gum disease. In some mild cases, this topical application of antibiotics may even be an alternative to gum surgery.

Benefits of Local Antibiotic Treatment

You do not have to be a victim of periodontal disease. Instead, to learn more about the risks of gum disease and local antibiotic treatment contact us today. If you are worried about the condition of your gums and notice signs of infection, then it is time to schedule an appointment.

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