An antibacterial boost to help fight periodontal (gum) disease!
When patients have periodontal (gum) disease, the solution is often scaling and root planing, which incorporates using special instruments to remove plaque and calculus that accumulates at and below the gumline. The treatment is tried and true, and is an important first step in disrupting the hold toxins have on tissue.
However, once pockets have already formed around teeth, it is inherently difficult for proper healing to take place in an environment that is so ideal for bacteria and further infection to occur. That is why Arestin therapy is now such an important addition to compliment scaling and root planing.
Arestin is a topical antibiotic that (after scaling and root planing has been completed) is applied right at the source of infection, down in the pockets that have formed around teeth. It kills and prevents more bacteria from forming, giving gum tissue the critical time it needs to heal and reattach to teeth. Furthermore, Arestin is actually delivered in the form of ‘microspheres’ (think tiny bubbles) that are slowly dissolve over time. This means that you continue to receive the extra boost to fight infection long after you have left our office… up to 21 days! It is truly one of the best new tools for treating periodontal disease.