Does Antibiotic Therapy for Gum Disease Work?
Many patients have gum/ periodontal problems but not show any kind of hygiene problems. At Midtown Dentistry, our Houston dentist know these patients maintain proper oral hygiene but are suffering from other problems such as systemic diseases like diabetes or poor oral habits like smoking. These problems bring about an altered immune response to the presence of oral micro-organisms like bacteria. In such cases low dose antibiotic therapy with Doxycycline(Periostat™) can prove to be a very effective line of treatment.
After periodontal therapy many a times our periodontist may advise the use of oral or topical antibiotics. Currently a lot of research is being done on the use of topical antibiotics as an alternative to periodontal surgery. One of the examples of such topically used antibiotics is Periostat which is a treatment proceure employing the usage of low doses of Doxycycline. WE are now using it with good results.
Low-dose Doxycycline therapy involves the usage of about 1/5th of the usual dosage of Doxycycline. It works to prevent the action of collagenase. This is an enzyme that brings about the breakdown of connective tissues supporting the tooth.
Low-dose Doxycycline therapy also requires you continue with effective use of oral hygiene measures and routine appointments for scaling every month for about three months.
Following this therapy it has been observed that the gums reach a very healthy state and there are very few signs if any of gum inflammation.
Once healthy changes are seen the low-dose doxycycline therapy is brought to an end. You then return to your cosmetic dentists in Houston for regular check-ups.
There are still doubts whether the use of low-dose doxycycline therapy might lead to the development of resistance in one or more bacterial forms or any other systemic complications. But what works in favor of this therapy is the fact that the dosage of the drug used is very low and as such the chances of it having any kind of effect on bacteria or any other micro-organism are very low. There are also a few studies that have been conducted according to which the use of a common anti-inflammatory drug can add to the effects and help produce better results.
Low-dose doxycycline therapy is a very good alternative to periodontal surgery and the results seen until now are believed to be very promising.