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Garland, TX dentist provides antibiotic therapy for gum disease

Antibiotic Therapy from dentist in Garland Periodontal disease results from bacterial infection. Harmful oral pathogens inflame gum tissue and eventually compromise the ligaments and bone that anchor teeth. The ongoing infection can also be harmful to the body on a systemic level. Antibiotic therapy eliminates or reduces bacterial infection in the mouth. This treatment is available from Dr. Sakunthala Boppana at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in Garland, TX.

Preparing for treatment

When gum disease has advanced to the stage that antibiotic therapy is needed, treatment begins with scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning process removes plaque from periodontal pockets, and hardened tartar from the gum line. It also smooths root surfaces, encouraging gums to seal tightly.

In order to do so, microbial infection must be controlled. Bacterial pathogens are microscopic, and exist in great numbers in the mouth. It is impossible to scrape every trace away with dental instruments. Antibiotics are essential in knocking the infection down, giving the body time to heal.
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Options in dental antibiotics

Dr. Boppana knows that every mouth and patient is unique. She builds lasting relationships to get to understand the characteristics of your health and lifestyle that contribute to gum disease.

Antibiotics are medications that stop infection by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing. Before antibiotics were discovered, many people died from common infections. Today, a vast number of antibiotic formulations exist. Depending on your situation, Dr. Boppana may prescribe:
  • Oral antibiotics, a course of pills taken by mouth, usually for a week to ten days. This method attacks bacteria internally.
  • Antimicrobial mouth rinse to use at home. The antiseptic liquid gets into hidden areas, helping to keep periodontal pockets clean.
  • Topical antibiotics, such as Arestin. A premeasured dose of medicated microspheres is precisely deposited at base of a periodontal pocket. It adheres to biological tissues, providing a time-release source of infection fighting medicine.
  • Combination treatment, with the above methods.
The hygiene team at Perfect 32 works with you to develop an effective home routine and scheduled professional care to maintain gum health. If you think you may have gum disease, call (469) 863-7009 to get started on the path to periodontal wellness.

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