In the fight against periodontal disease, one of the foremost tools at our disposal is antibiotics. In controlled situations, especially under the guidance of our experienced periodontists, antibiotics can be both incredibly effective and safe.

Periodontal disease is primarily an inflammatory condition caused by specific bacteria deep within the gums and how your body responds to these bacteria. They produce toxins and other byproducts that cause inflammation to occur, leading to redness, swelling and overtime the loss of bone around teeth. If left unchecked, systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be affected by the inflammatory conditions of the mouth. Additionally, this inflammation will cause enough bone loss around teeth to the point where the teeth are lost, or worse, an abscess can form that can land someone in the emergency room. It is here that antibiotics come to the rescue. They actively target and reduce the number of these harmful bacteria, and when used along with other surgical methods, can pave the way to improved gum health.

There are several systemic antibiotics commonly used. Amoxicillin, cephalexin, azithromycin and metronidazole stand out as the predominant ones. Each has its unique mechanism of action and is selected based on the specific needs and conditions of the patient. Additionally, there are topical antibiotics like minocycline and doxycycline. These are applied directly under the gums, working at the very heart of the infection.

At Periodontal Associates, our approach is scientific. We use antibiotics as a supplementary measure, aiming to treat gum disease without the invasive procedures of suturing if possible. This non-surgical approach often translates to less discomfort and a faster healing process for our patients. It is a testament to our dedication to ensuring treatments are as comfortable as they are effective. However, it is crucial to note that while antibiotics can significantly improve the periodontal condition, their use does not preclude the potential need for surgical intervention in more severe cases. Our commitment is to ensure every patient is equipped with the knowledge they need, understanding their condition’s specifics and the steps involved in their personalized treatment journey.

If periodontal concerns are affecting you or someone you know, do not hesitate. Reach out to Dr. Dan Thousand and Dr. Katelyn Fleming through 303-795-5700. Come and experience the transformative power of specialized care with periodontal antibiotics in Centennial, Colorado.