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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



Using Arestin to Combat Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Traditional gum treatments can be very effective in the fight against gum disease, but in some cases the patient may experience such severe disease progression that the area doesn’t respond well to conventional therapy. Arestin is a high strength antibiotic that is placed directly into the diseased periodontal pocket, allowing the slow-release medication to treat the area for up to 2 weeks.

Arestin is very easy to place, and is typically done right after your deep cleaning or periodontal treatment. The small capsule is delivered into the gum pocket using an applicator that places it into the deepest part of your pocket. Once Arestin is released from the applicator, the small microspheres gradually work to destroy the infection in the immediate area. This makes Arestin periodontal therapy more effective than some other types of medication like prescription mouth rinses, which have difficulty actually accessing the disease causing bacteria deep into the gum pockets. Patients can then expect better results in some of the most diseased areas of bone loss and tissue detachment when Arestin is placed.

When gum disease is treated effectively, your detached tissue can heal and reattach back to the tooth, up to a certain point. This protects future bone loss from occurring and helps further secure your teeth with attached tissue.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, causing more Americans to lose their teeth than any other type of dental condition. If you have symptoms of gum disease like bleeding gum tissues, bad breath, loose teeth, tartar buildup, and shifting teeth, then you should see your dentist immediately. With preventive and therapeutic intervention, you can save your teeth before they are lost forever.

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


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