In periodontal infections, swelling of the gums next to teeth occurs and the space under the gums becomes enlarged. These spaces are known as periodontal pockets. These pockets are deep and difficult to clean so they continue to harbor bacteria and the infection persists.
One of the ways we deal with these bacteria in our Phoenix patients is to use an antibiotic known as minocycline directly inside the periodontal pockets. The periodontal therapists at Centercare make frequent use of these local antibiotics, also known as site-specific antibiotics, to manage bacterial populations that would otherwise continue to grow. After scaling and root planing, the antibiotic is placed in the affected area in a gel form. In the pocket, the gel becomes rigid and remains there for 10 days. Because of the very focused application, the antibiotic is effective in only the immediate area in which it is placed. There is no systemic exposure.
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