Can Gilbert area patients receive gum infection treatment without antibiotics?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that can develop within the smile. Gilbert area residents who do not take good care of their smile may be at risk of dealing with conditions such as periodontal disease and will need to work closely with a dental professional such as Dr. Edward Fritz to help control the problem. While periodontal disease is a gum infection that cannot be cured, it can be controlled with proper treatment.
Treatment for gum disease will vary depending on the stage at which it has progressed. Earlier stages of gum disease, such as gingivitis, can be treated without antibiotics. It is often addressed with a thorough professional cleaning in the dental chair. All surfaces of the teeth and gums are cleaned and patients are educated on how to brush and floss to maintain the health of their smile. The later stages, however, often require scaling and root planing, a procedure that can be rather invasive. Antibiotics may be considered depending on the amount of bacteria that has developed in the area. Our practice, however, can provide laser gum disease treatment which is less invasive, requires no cutting, and can be done with less bleeding and shorter healing times. This is highly desirable for many patients, especially those who are already uneasy about sensitive dental treatments.
Antibiotics may be used in more severe cases of periodontal disease, but not always. This will vary depending on one’s diagnosis. Dr. Edward Fritz of New Health Dental encourages patients to first visit his facility for a thorough evaluation. During this examination, patients will be able to consult with their dentist and determine the stage their condition has reached. Then, proper treatment options are discussed and patients can then start the process of improving the health of their smiles.
Dr. Edward Fritz encourages patients to learn about the most effective treatment for their smile and whether or not treatment will require the use of antibiotics. In most cases, patients can avoid antibiotic medication, but more severe stages may require them in order to bring the smile back to health.