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What Is Arestin? How Does It Help You Combat Gum Disease?

Posted in Periodontics

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease happens when some particularly aggressive bacteria infect gum tissue around teeth and result in the breakdown of supporting bone and ligament structures. This action causes pockets to form around teeth. If allowed to progress untreated, these pockets can grow to the point that teeth become loose.

How does Arestin, a locally-applied antibiotic, help you in your fight against gum disease?

Micro Molecules Are a Mega Medicine

Arestin is made up of microscopic extended-release capsules of the antibiotic minocycline. This antibiotic looks like a tiny dose of powder. The Arestin dose is placed right at the base of a periodontal pocket immediately following a scaling and root planing procedure. The medication is prescription-strength and is administered by one of our qualified dental professionals.

Arestin Gives You an Edge Over Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection. When the disease-causing bacteria create and populate a periodontal pocket, they need to be removed to prevent more damage. Scaling and root planing removes much of the bacteria that is embedded in the tooth root and in tartar stuck on the tooth root. Placing some antibiotic right after scaling will prevent bacteria from growing back as quickly and treats the bacteria that hides out in gum tissue or floats around in pockets.

Because Arestin is slow-release, it can have an effect on the numbers of bacteria in a periodontal pocket for up to three weeks. This is great news for you because Arestin promotes long-term healing and attacks gum disease at its source. Have your gums regularly examined  by your dentist for signs of disease.  Talk your dentist to learn more about the effective therapies we use to battle gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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