Kill Off Bacteria with ARESTIN®
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that not only causes permanent destruction of the teeth and gums but can also lead to serious health conditions. A common solution to this problem is scaling and root planing (SRP), which cleanses the mouth of tartar deposits and other toxins. However, that is only the first step.
To fully arm an affected mouth against gum disease, dental professionals often recommend ARESTIN® – an antibiotic that helps kill bacteria at the source. We at Carlsbad Village Dentistry strongly believe in this treatment, which is why we offer ARESTIN® to Carlsbad, CA.
What is ARESTIN® and How Does it Work
ARESTIN® is a prescription antibiotic in the form of microspheres, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in combination with SRP for the treatment of periodontal disease. The microspheres are placed into the pockets in your gums created by periodontal disease, either immediately after an SRP treatment or during a follow-up visit – depending on your individual situation.
The antibiotic remains in the gum pockets for an extended period of time, providing a continual source of bacteria-fighting minocycline to the infected areas. It then dissolves on its own, with no removal required. ARESTIN® is different from an antibiotic that you take as a pill, because it allows for targeted placement. Furthermore, a pill cannot give you the level of antibiotic concentration in your gums that ARESTIN® does.
How ARESTIN® Can Help Treat Periodontal Disease
As part of routine periodontal maintenance, ARESTIN® can:
- effectively fight infection after 1 month,
- significantly reduce pocket size for up to 3 months, and
- promote improved gum healing with maintenance at 9 months.
Studies show that the onset of bacteria may return in only a few days with SRP alone. Furthermore, incorporating ARESTIN® into long-term periodontal maintenance to specifically target active infection greatly disrupts the progression of the disease.
To find out more about the benefits of ARESTIN® at our Carlsbad dental office, we encourage you to call 760-434-3103 or send us your questions via our website today. The Carlsbad Village Dentistry team looks forward to helping you win the fight against gum disease!