Arestin® is an antibiotic that's used specifically to treat gum disease, eliminating the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. A thick, gel-like liquid, Arestin® contains tiny microspheres of antibiotics that are released over time to provide long-term action and prevent future bacterial buildup.
Arestin® is designed to cling to areas of the gum and tooth where bacteria can gather and grow. It's often used in combination with special deep-cleaning techniques called root scaling and planing, reaching below the gum line to treat infection and remove bacteria that can't be reached with routine cleaning methods. Arestin® is also frequently used during regular periodontal treatments and cleanings to prevent the buildup of bacteria that cause gum disease and eventual tooth loss.
Unlike oral antibiotics that travel throughout your entire body before reaching the gums, Arestin® is applied directly at the gum area and tooth pockets where periodontal disease is occurring for faster, more effective results. The liquid is applied using a special applicator designed to slip between the tooth and the gum where bacteria hide. Antibiotics continue to be released over time to help battle gum disease following root scaling and planing.
No, there's no need to rinse after application. Arestin® dissolves on its own, and because it's below the gum line, it can't be washed away by saliva.
Not necessarily; Arestin® is reserved for people with significant gum disease as well as those who may be at risk for developing significant disease. If you want to know more about Arestin® and whether it will be used during your treatment, ask Dr. Sporer during your office visit.
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