Arestin Therapy for Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can damage the gums, tissue and bone that surround your teeth.

Untreated, the infection causes the disintegration of tissue and bone creating deep pockets in the gums where the bacteria can live and thrive. Gum (periodontal) disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.

ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. It’s the most popular antibiotic therapy used by dentists in the treatment of gum disease. Arestin is often used in conjunction with scaling and root planing (SRP). While SRP removes plaque from between the gums and teeth down to the roots, it can’t reach the bacteria that hide in the bottom of the deep pockets in the gums.

The Treatment Process:

Treatment begins with scaling and root planning. Scaling removes dental tartar from the tooth surfaces. Planing smoothes the root surface and removes any parts of the tooth that are infected.

After the scaling and planing procedure is performed, the powder form of Arestin is injected into the periodontal pocket of the gums.

Tiny, bead-like particles called microspheres are released over time inside the infected pocket killing off the bacteria that live there. The microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline which slows the growth of bacteria allowing the body’s immune system to kill them. It works quickly at the source of the infection and continues to fight infection and inflammation for 30 days after leaving the dental office.

Arestin therapy will significantly reduce the size of the pockets in the gum and periodontal disease can be more easily managed and with better results.

** NOTE: If you have any sensitivity to minocyline or tetracyclines you should not use ARESTIN as it may cause permanent tooth discoloration. Consult with your dentist to discuss treatment options.

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