Treatment of advanced periodontal disease is a multi-step process. Sometimes a periodontist will recommend medications as a first-line treatment for advanced periodontal disease before resorting to surgery, depending on the severity of your gum disease.
Medications for Treatment of Advanced Periodontal Disease
You have several choices when it comes to medications for treatment of advanced periodontal disease treatment, including the following:
- Doxycycline Gel: Gel that contains doxycycline (an antibiotic) provides periodontal disease treatment by killing bacteria and shrinking the pockets that periodontal disease can cause along the gum line. Your periodontist applies the gel to the pockets after a tooth scaling/root planing procedure, and the antibiotic is released gradually over a period of about a week. (1)
- Chlorhexidine Chip: Another periodontal disease treatment involves placing a small, antimicrobial gelatin chip in a tissue pocket along the gum line after tooth scaling/root planing, and the antimicrobial is released gradually over time. (1)
- Minocycline Microspheres: For this type of periodontal disease treatment, the periodontist places tiny particles containing minocycline as an antibiotic in the tissue pockets after a tooth scaling/root planing procedure. (1)
- Doxycycline Pill: Your periodontist may prescribe an antibiotic pill for periodontal disease treatment in addition to tooth scaling and root planing. A low-dose doxycycline pill can help prevent overactive enzymes from breaking down gum tissue after periodontal disease treatment. (1)
Treatment of Advanced Periodontal Disease Gets Personal
Periodontal disease treatment doesn’t end when you leave the periodontist’s office. Whether your periodontal disease treatment consists of a dental cleaning, tooth scaling/root planing or surgery, such as a root canal or crown-lengthening procedure, it is important to maintain a regular oral care routine at home.
To Stop Gingivitis Before It Starts
To help prevent and reverse gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease, try a Crest Pro-Health regimen.
A Crest Pro-Health Advanced regimen helps protect your teeth and gums. This Crest Pro-Health Advanced regimen includes:
For continued gingivitis prevention, an early form of periodontal disease, be sure to see your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and checkup. (4)