Antibiotic Periodontal Treatment in Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Don’t allow your teeth to be compromised by gum disease.
Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and severe health concerns. Failure to properly manage gum disease in an early state will lead to advanced periodontal disease. Many patients start seeking options when their gum disease has advanced to a point where antibiotic treatment in conjunction with advanced treatments is needed to properly fix the problem.
How do Antibiotics Work in Dentistry?
When infection occurs within the mouth, bacteria continues to flourish and can lead to severe oral health problems. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria. Antibiotic dentistry allows the mouth to heal by treating the amount of plaque in the mouth. The antibiotics are designed to reverse gum disease and help the gums to heal. However, each patient responds differently to treatment, some patients see results immediately while it can take days or weeks for others to notice improvements.
Washington DC Periodontist Dr. Justin Zalewsky will meet with a patient to determine if antibiotic treatment is necessary. There are multiple styles of antibiotic treatment that can be used:
- Topical antibiotics. These antibiotics are applied directly to the gums, allowing for targeted treatment.
- Oral antibiotics. These antibiotics are taken orally and will aid in healing the gums, however, the antibiotics can lead to changes elsewhere in the body, which is common for women.
- Mouthwash. Antibiotic mouthwash is designed to target the problem areas and to treat between the teeth.
- Toothpaste. Medicated toothpaste is designed to kill bacteria and strengthen the enamel of a tooth. Some medications will focus on plaque reduction and work effectively as a gingivitis treatment.
Patients in extreme situations often find themselves struggling with pain on a daily basis. When periodontal disease has advanced to a severe point, patients are facing tooth loss, bone loss, and infection which can spread to other areas of the body. Patients often have problems eating and drinking as both behaviors have become painful. Antibiotics have been proven to be one of the most effective treatments when fighting off bacteria.
Studies show when combined with healthy eating, proper flossing and brushing habits, patients can reverse gum disease. Again, the severity of your condition will play a large role in the treatment options Dr. Zalewsky can provide.
What to Expect
If you do need to undergo periodontal antibiotic treatment, it’s important to know the side effects of the medication. While most people do not deal with side effects from antibiotics, some do. Here are some important things to consider when receiving antibiotic treatment for dentistry:
- Women are at a higher risk of yeast infections. Yogurt should be eaten frequently when undergoing antibiotic treatment. Some patients will need a secondary medication prescribed to treat a yeast infection that has occurred from antibiotics.
- Diarrhea and vomiting. Some people experience diarrhea and vomiting while taking antibiotics. Increase your water intake to prevent fluid loss if you do experience this side effect.
- Loss of appetite.
- Abdominal pain.
If you are dealing with side effects from antibiotics, contact our office immediately. Our team will work with you to determine the best treatment available. We may need to lower the dosage or change the strand of antibiotics. Some patients do have a resistance to certain types of antibiotics, which needs to be addressed when visiting.
Should I Take Antibiotics?
Several patients have requested different options instead of antibiotic treatment. Dr. Zalewsky will consider the options available and will determine if antibiotics are an important part of your treatment plan. Aggressive periodontitis is a rare condition, but it is one that does require antibiotic treatment. Quite often the gum disease has advanced past the point of being able to reverse it with just brushing and flossing and does require more aggressive treatments.
Medication is just one of the tools we use to treat patients. We recommend scheduling regular checkups as they are a key part in preventing gum disease. Catching gum disease in an early state can prevent extreme problems that do require the use of antibiotics.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.