What is Arestin?
Arestin is a prescription antibiotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration . It is used with scaling and root planing procedures and it is placed by your dentist/hygienist for the treatment of periodontal disease.
How can Arestin help periodontal disease?
Arestin with scaling and root planning can significantly reduce the depth of the infected pockets that can form around teeth and help prevent disease progression. The combination of Arestin with scaling and root planing is more effective at fighting gum disease than scaling and root planing alone.
When is Arestin Used?
Arestin is used with scaling and root planing procedures and it is placed by a dentist/hygienist directly into the infected site. Getting treatment is easy! Arestin will dissolve on its own, so no removal is required. Arestin is different from antibiotic pills. Arestin contains microspheres (tiny particles) that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride. These microspheres release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal better than with scaling and root planing alone.
How much does Arestin cost?
The cost of Arestin varies depending on how much treatment you need. After your dental professional has evaluated your oral health and discussed treatment options, he or she can provide you with an estimate of the cost. Keep in mind that treating periodontal (gum) disease today is less costly and better for your health than waiting to treat symptoms at a more advanced stage.
How do I achieve the my best with Arestin?
To achieve the best results, follow the instructions given by your dental professional. You’ll also find these important guidelines useful after treatment with Arestin
- Avoid touching areas of your gums that your dental professional has treated for 1 week
- Wait 10 days before using floss, toothpicks, or other devices designed to clean between teeth in the areas that were treated with Arestin
- Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods such as carrots, taffy, and gum for 1 week after treatment
- Be sure to return for your follow-up appointments, since periodontal disease can recur and gums need to be checked regularly
You should notify your dental professional promptly if pain, swelling, or other problems occur. Your dental professional may also have ideas for getting good results.