Treating Adult Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, if left untreated, is a progressive condition that often leads to severe inflammation and tooth loss. Antibiotic treatments can be used in combination with scaling and root planning, curettage, surgery or as a stand-alone treatment in an effort to reduce bacteria before and/or after many common periodontal procedures.
Antibiotic treatments can be found in several different types, including oral forms and topical gels, which are applied directly into the gum pockets. Research indicates that for 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.
Arestin Therapy May Be Your Best Course
At CarolinasDentist, we understand that you or someone in your family may need specialized care. Sometimes, advanced treatments are simply the best course of action to take. As your family’s oral health provider, we make sure we have every need covered. This is why we provide Arestin therapy treatment for patients with adult periodontitis (gum disease).
This is a Minocycline antibiotic that comes in mini capsules which are administered into the gums after scaling and root planing. The advantage of the direct delivery of antibiotics to the surfaces of the gums is that the whole body is not affected. Topical gels and direct delivery methods tend to be preferred over their oral counterparts and are extremely effective when used after scaling and root planing procedures.
Noticeable periodontal improvements are typically noticed after systemic or oral antibiotic treatment. Our dentist will incorporate and recommend the necessary antibiotic treatments as necessary for the healing of your periodontal condition.
We also recommend these at-home treatments to help prevent advanced gum disease:
Don’t put off treatment; the goal is to keep the bacterial infection from progressing and return to healthy gums. Reach out to the CarolinasDentist office near you to discuss if Arestin is the treatment you need to treat your gums.
At CarolinasDentist, our compassionate, highly skilled dentists are dedicated to making sure you enjoy excellent oral health and a return to healthy gums. No matter what you need or what office near you that you visit, you’ll be in good hands. Reach out to us today to begin your journey to your best oral health!