For more severe cases of periodontal disease, we may suggest the use of antibiotics to help fight the periodontal infection. Bacteria is the main cause of gum disease and antibiotics kill bacteria. Scaling and root planing removes a great deal of bacteria. However, the procedure alone cannot reach all of the bacteria that hide in the bottom of deeper "pockets" in the gums.
ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride microspheres 1 mg) is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed directly inside the infected "pockets" in your gums. It is usually applied right after your scaling and root planing procedure.
Arestin starts working quickly, right at the source of infection, and keeps fighting bacteria long after you leave our office. Arestin fights infection and inflammation and is shown to provide significantly better results than scaling and root planing alone.
Please ask us any questions or concerns you have about this procedure.