Our dentist may recommend an antibiotic treatment as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other periodontal treatments, such as scaling and root planing or periodontal surgery to help reduce the bacteria in your mouth and restore your oral health. There are many antibiotic periodontal treatments available to meet your needs. We invite you to contact us at 812-476-6064 for more information on periodontal antibiotic treatments in Evansville, Indiana, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley Bath.
You can often see noticeable improvements in the health of your gums after a systemic or oral antibiotic treatment. There are several types of antibiotic treatments available at our practice. Depending on your needs, our dentist may recommend an oral antibiotic or a topic gel or strip. Antibiotics can be prescribed at a low dosage for long-term use, or as a short-term medication to deter disease-causing bacteria from re-colonizing the pockets of your mouth.
Oral antibiotics have a tendency to affect the entire body, and are less commonly prescribed. Some oral antibiotics our dentist may recommend are:
- Tetracycline antibiotics – this type of antibiotic has antibacterial properties which reduce inflammation and block the proteins that destroy the connective gum tissues in your mouth. It is the primary type of drug used in periodontal treatments.
- Macrolide antibiotics – this type of antibiotic is effective at reducing inflammation and bacterial growth.
- Metronidazole – this is usually used alongside amoxicillin or tetracycline to fight inflammation or bacterial growth in sever periodontitis.
Topical gels and strips do not affect the entire body, using a direct delivery method to treat the affected areas of the gums. This type of antibiotics are extremely effective when used following a scaling and root planing treatment. Common topical antibiotics include:
For more information on periodontal disease and antibiotic treatment, please contact our office.