Arestin & Periodontal Disease

By Catherine M. Fascilla, D.D.S.

Gum , or periodontal disease, is a serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Recent research suggests gum disease can impact your overall health with connections to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health conditions. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, your dentist may recommend Arestin, the locally delivered antibiotic, to help treat it.

Dental professionals add Arestin Microspheres, 1 mg to scaling and root planing procedures because this combination treats periodontal disease more effectively than scaling and root planing alone. Arestin is an effective antibiotic treatment (minocycline hydrochloride) that comes in powder form. The powder is easily placed inside infected periodontal pockets immediately following the scaling and root planing procedure.

Arestin contains tiny “Microspheres” that are beadlike particles that release minocycline over time into the infected pocket killing bacteria that live there for up to 21 days. Clinical studies have proven that the use of Arestin in conjunction with scaling and root planing , is more effective than scaling and root planing alone in reducing the size of the periodontal pocket, in killing the bacteria most commonly associated with periodontal disease and in reducing bleeding on probing of the gums.

Arestin is safe for most individuals. It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to tetracycline because it is a tetracycline derivative. The use of drugs of the tetracycline class during tooth development may cause permanent discoloration of the teeth and therefore should not be used in children and in pregnant or nursing women.

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