If you have periodontal disease, Dr. Lynna Bui may recommend an antibiotic treatment to kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth and begin the process of restoring your oral health.  Antibiotics may be used as a stand-alone-treatment, but are also often recommended in combination with other periodontal treatments, such as scaling and root planing.  We welcome you to contact AZ Dental at 408-437-1111 to schedule your consultation with our periodontist and learn more about antibiotic periodontal treatments in San Jose, California.

Antibiotic treatments for gum disease may come in an oral or a topical form.  We will evaluate your condition before determining which type of antibiotic will be most beneficial for your oral health needs.

There are 3 main types of oral antibiotics:

  • Tetracycline – this medication contains properties to reduce inflammation and block the proteins that destroy connective tissue.
  • Macrolide – this antibiotic is effective at reducing inflammation and bacterial growth.
  • Metronidazole – this antibiotic is most often used in combination with amoxicillin or tetracycline to fight inflammation and bacterial growth.

There are a variety of topical antibiotics.  Some of the most common topical antibiotics include:

  • Atridox® – a gel which gradually releases antibiotic medication.
  • PerioChip® – a chip placed directly into the gum pocket after root planing. This antibiotic slowly released antibacterial antiseptic to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Acitisite® – a thin strip similar to dental floss. It is placed between the tooth and the gum to kill bacteria and reduce the depth of periodontal pockets.
  • Elyzol® – this antibiotic destroys parasites as well as oral bacteria. It is available as both a gel and in a strip form.
  • Arestin® – this antibiotic is delivered in mini capsules into the gums following scaling and root planing treatments.

If you have questions about antibiotic treatments for periodontal disease, please contact our office.  We will be happy to provide you with additional information.