Periodontitis is known in medicine as a “bacterially-mediated inflammatory disease”. The bacteria responsible for periodontitis cause an overreaction of the body’s immune system which destroys tissue in the area. This response has some of the behavior of an autoimmune disease in that normal checks and balances don’t seem to work. Centercare uses the most advanced drugs and procedures provided for patients who need periodontal treatment in Phoenix AZ. One of these is a drug known as Periostat that is taken twice daily for six months at a time to manage the damage caused by the disease.
Treatment of this condition, thus, can be directed in two directions: attacking the bacteria that are triggering the response or interrupting the response itself. This second approach is how Periostat works.
Enzymes that damage tissue are produced when inflammation occurs. Periostat interrupts the production of these enzymes and thus contributes to the sparing of tissues that would be damaged. The same drug is used in cardiovascular disease and in rheumatoid arthritis.