How Antibiotics Help

Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Goettisheim may place antibiotic powder in the periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing. The results of the antibiotic powder do not last indefinitely. Sometimes, repeated application of the antibiotic powder is needed to keep the disease under control.

If a systemic course of antibiotics is needed, Dr. Goettisheim will culture the existing bacteria in your mouth to determine the most appropriate antibiotic for your individual case. Sometimes, long-term use of low dosage antibiotics is needed to keep the patient’s disease under control. Our office believes in a customized treatment plan for all of our patients.