In addition to providing traditional periodontal treatments, our periodontist at AZ Dental may include an antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics for periodontal disease can help provide additional protection against harmful bacteria that would otherwise cause your condition to worsen. Dr. Bui will evaluate your condition and let you know if you could benefit from antibiotic periodontal treatment in Sunnyvale, California. If you have any questions, we invite you to schedule an appointment to visit with our dentists by calling us at 408-738-1000.
Periodontal disease is the advanced stages of gum disease, and it can cause severe damage to your oral health. In addition to causing gum inflammation and deterioration, periodontal disease can eat away at your jaw bone and teeth. For patients who suffer from periodontal disease, it is vital to receive treatment as soon as possible to prevent your condition from getting worse. To do this, our periodontist may add antibiotics to your periodontal treatment. There are several different types of antibiotics, including oral antibiotics and topical gels. Our office may use one of several antibiotic options, including:
- Tetracycline Antibiotics: a collection of oral antibiotics whose primary purpose is to treat periodontal disease.
- Macrolide Antibiotics: oral antibiotics that reduce inflammation and the growth of periodontal bacteria.
- Atridox®: topical gel that solidifies when rubbed on the gum’s surface, slowly releasing antibiotics over several days.
- PerioChip®: antibiotic chip placed in a gum pocket after a scaling and root planing treatment. The chip will slowly release antibiotics into your gums over a period of time.
- Actisite®: a floss-like strip containing tetracycline hydrochloride that is placed between the tooth and gums. It will kill bacteria and reduce pocket depth.
- Arestin®: mini capsules that are placed under the gum surface after a root and planing treatment and release antibiotics over time.
Both oral antibiotics and topical gels are highly effective in helping fight against periodontal disease. With any of these and other antibiotic treatments, you can continue fighting against periodontal disease after you have left our office. Please feel free to call or visit our practice with any questions.