Site Specific Antibiotics

Why is my dentist recommending site specific antibiotic treatment?

Your dentist has found a periodontal pocket -- an area where the gum has separated from the tooth. Bacteria that form in this pocket are not easily removed and can cause infection. As part of your treatment program, your periodontist may recommend site specific antibiotic treatment.

The antibiotic will be inserted in your periodontal pocket. The powder contains the antibiotic minocycline, and releases this medicine into the pocket to help kill the bacteria and treat the infection.

After the antibiotic treats the gum infection, you should expect a reduction in the depth of the pocket and the area will be easier for you to keep healthy. Significant improvement may not be immediately noticeable.

What's involved in the procedure?

After preparing the pocket, your dentist will insert the antibiotic and will secure it with a dental adhesive to keep it in place for 10 days. There are no stitches or dental surgery involved with this procedure.

Is the procedure uncomfortable?

Ninety percent of patients experience no discomfort during the procedure. Be sure to let your dentist know if you experience pain or swelling at anytime during therapy.

Can I eat whatever I want with the antibiotic in place?

Yes.

Can I continue to brush and floss?

Yes.  Patients can resume brushing 12 hours after administration.  Do not floss, use tooth picks or any other device to clean between the teeth for ten days.

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