The number one cause of tooth loss is not decay or trauma – it’s periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a systemic infection that causes inflammation, bleeding, and bone loss. Arestin® is a solution to aid in the treatment of periodontal disease. When used in tandem with periodontal scaling and root planing, Arestin® can help halt moderate to severe gum disease in its tracks. It is a topical antibiotic placed deep into the gum pockets, where it works to kill the bacteria responsible for gingivitis and periodontitis. The medication is administered by a dentist or dental hygienist, and its time-release formulation continues to kill bacteria for several days after application.
Did you know…
According to the American Academy of Periodontology…about 50 percent of all American adults over age 30 have some degree of gum disease though men suffer from the condition more than women. Signs and symptoms of the disease may be as minor as bad breath and red gums, or they could be as serious as loosened teeth and pockets along the base of the teeth. Even if you have no obvious symptoms of gum disease, it is recommended that every American – including patients – undergo an exam, at least annually, for periodontal disease and gingivitis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need Arestin® treatment?
Arestin® is indicated in patients with periodontal pockets that are 5mm deep or greater. Your dentist or hygienist will do a thorough examination of your gum tissues to determine if you are a good candidate for Arestin®.
What should I expect from Arestin®?
Arestin® may be administered immediately following scaling and root planing, or at a follow-up appointment. The dentist or hygienist will use a special applicator to insert the antibiotic powder into the base of the gum pockets. The procedure is painless and only takes a few minutes. After your appointment, you will receive detailed post-op instructions and will be scheduled for a follow-up visit to re-measure your gum pockets about three weeks later. Arestin® is highly effective for destroying the bacteria that causes gum disease, however, it is possible that you will require multiple treatments.
Are there any steps I need to take after being treated with Arestin®?
Do not brush your teeth for 12 hours after your appointment. For 10 days following your Arestin® treatment, you will need to avoid consuming hard, crunchy, and sticky foods such as candy and gum. You should also avoid flossing and using toothpicks for 10 days after your procedure.