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Jul
28

Arestin Use to Improve Periodontal Disease Therapy

Posted in Gum Disease

Patients who are receiving treatment for periodontal disease may find it beneficial for advanced disease areas to be treated with Arestin, a medication that is locally delivered to diseased pocket areas. When Arestin is used alongside other non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing, the prescription antibiotic can help kill the surrounding bacteria, which are contributing to the disease.

After having Arestin applied, the gum pocket has an increased likelihood of disease reversal. Arestin works by using small microspheres that release the enclosed antibiotic over a period of about 14 days. This period of time allows the area to better respond to being cleaned so that the gum tissue can re-attach to the surface of the teeth, shortening the depth of the pocket. The medication is placed after the procedure in specific areas in the mouth where advanced disease is present.

Traditional periodontal therapy works by removing calcified bacterial deposits in the diseased pockets. After the therapy, patients should remain very dedicated to removing bacteria on a daily basis so that the area can heal properly. In areas where the disease is so advanced, it may be difficult or impossible for them to access areas of bacteria. Arestin periodontal therapy helps by providing 2 more weeks of antibiotic action against potential bacteria, after the treatment has been completed. When gums reattach due to a reversal in the infection, the patient can then better care for the area and prevent further bone or gum attachment loss. The medication may also be used in areas that for one reason or another did not initially respond to routine treatment. Combined with a customized oral hygiene plan and deep cleanings, Arestin can increase the success of eliminating gum disease.

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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