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Do You Need Antibiotic Therapy to Treat Your Gum Disease?

Posted on 10/20/2016 by Doctor Southard
A close up of a patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
There are several treatment options out there to treat gum disease. At its earliest stages, you may not need treatment at all and can simply boost your oral hygiene regimen to reverse it. However, as the disease progresses, both surgical and non-surgical options may be brought up as a way to fight the disease. Antibiotics may be one method that your dentist or periodontist discusses with you.

A systemic antibiotic will affect the whole body when taken, and when used for gum disease treatment, they will be given in pill form. Most periodontists will only recommend the use of antibiotics if you have an acute infection, such as a gum abscess.

They might also be recommended in the first couple of weeks after a surgical or grafting procedure in order to ensure that there is no infection while the early stages of healing take place.

Since gum disease is a bacterial infection, it might seem to make sense that antibiotics would work to get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, when it comes to treating gum disease, the positive effects of antibiotics don't last for very long because the cause of the problem still exists even after you stop taking the medication.

For that reason, deep cleaning procedures, including scaling and root planing, are thought to be just as effective at controlling infection in the gums as the use of antibiotics.

In many cases of gum disease treatment, antibiotics won't be prescribed or even deemed useful. However, if you are suffering from an advanced infection in which harmful bacteria are present, a short-term antibiotic therapy treatment could be useful, especially if transitional and more conservative treatment methods haven't done much to eliminate the infection.

If you have the symptoms of gum disease, it is important to contact our office. After examining your mouth, your dentist can recommend the right treatment option for your individual needs.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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