The mainstay of treatment for periodontal disease is cleaning; and not just by us. When we clean your teeth thoroughly and remove the plaque and scale from the teeth, then they will remain clean for about a day. After this time, bacteria will begin to recolonise the tooth and the process will begin again, but it will take about 6 weeks for the really harmful bacteria to find their home on your tooth. Your home care is more important than what we do in the surgery.
Sometimes, the particular bacteria in your mouth can be very hard to control by conventional methods. If we suspect this, then a sample of your plaque can be sent for analysis so that we can determine which antibiotics may be useful in getting your disease under control in conjunction with a renewed home and in-surgery protocol.