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Arestin Therapy

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in America. In spite of knowing this statistic, many people continue to ignore their dentist’s advice to treat gum disease in its early stages. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, and when treated early it can be reversed. However, severe gum disease has often required complicated dental procedures in order to be treated. Now with the development of Arestin, dentists are better able to treat gum disease. Arestin therapy is a non-surgical treatment to effectively treat gum disease.

The typical procedure for treating gum disease has always been scaling and root planing. With this procedure, a dentist effectively cleans the plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. Scaling and root planing can also remove most of the plaque growing bacteria below the gum line that irritates and infects the gums. However, removing “most” of the plaque growing bacteria isn’t enough to fully treat gum disease. Arestin periodontal therapy used with scaling and root planing is more effective at correcting gum disease.

Arestin is a locally administered antibiotic treatment of gum disease that is applied directly to the infected gum area. Arestin is a powder composed of tiny microspheres that slowly release antibiotics over the span of 14 days time. Because Arestin is administered after the scaling and planing procedure, the antibiotics are in direct contact with the infected area, plus they will kill any remaining bacteria that has been left behind. Arestin keeps working after the completion of your treatment in the dentist’s office, and is more effective for treating gum disease than scaling and root planing alone.

Ask your dentist about Arestin, and how it can be beneficial to fully treating your gum disease.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics


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