Arestin Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Arestin is FDA approved and is used for the treatment of chronic periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease. Arestin is a microsphere treatment with extended release of minocycline, an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the human body. This treatment is known to effectively eliminate germs that cause periodontal disease.
When is Arestin Used?
After your periodontal therapy, also known as scaling and root planing the Arestin is placed in the periodontal pocket and the microspheres release the minocycline up to 14 days. When placed, the patient does not need anesthesia and is administered quickly and easily with no bandages required. The treatment is used when common signs of gum disease are present, such as:
- Inflammation and bleeding of gums
- Plaque and tartar (calculus)
What Happens After Arestin Treatment?
After your treatment is finished for periodontal disease, it is up to the patient to maintain a healthy dental hygiene regimen to keep gum disease at bay. This includes brushing at least 3 times each day and flossing regularly. Our dental professional will let you know a few things that you should or should not do after treatment. A few of the things your dentist may suggest are:
- Avoid touching the area that has been treated
- Wait at least 12 hours after treatment before brushing your teeth
- Avoid eating hard and sticky foods like candy
- Wait at least 10 days before flossing
Periodontal disease is chronic and therefore must be treated on a regular basis. It is highly recommended to keep your scheduled periodontal appointments which are typically every three to four months.
If you have any questions about Arestin therapy, periodontal disease, or any other dental services we provide, please call us at 561-495-2099 or visit our contact page for more information.