Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Stambaugh may place antibiotics in the periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing. This may be done to control infection, decrease pocket depth, and to encourage healing.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Stambaugh to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.
It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness, or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. The therapy may include: