Arestin® is a prescription antibiotic that is used in combination with scaling and root planing to treat gum disease. Arestin® is a locally administered antibiotic that is composed of 100,000 tiny microspheres that release the medication over time. Arestin® is added to the pocket between your gums and teeth after scaling and root planing has been performed. Overtime, the medication will help remove the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease. The Arestin® treatment is painless and can help make scaling and root planing treatments more effective.
Following scaling and root planing to maintain the health of your gums periodontal maintenance is recommended. During this visit one will receive a more extensive cleaning to help control the disease. This ongoing program is typically designed for patients who have previously been diagnosed with, and treated for, periodontal disease. This routine visit will help prevent additional dental problems in the future, as a record of your periodontal pocket depths, and further periodontal problem signs, are noted.