It is often times used in conjunction with scaling and root planing but can be used as a spot treatment on a maintenance cleaning. Indications for use of Arestin are pockets 5mm or deeper. If you have gum disease your dental professional may recommend ARESTIN®.
Our hygienist, will monitor your gums at each dental visit. If we notice infected gum pockets we may recommend placing Arestin below the gumline. This may happen at the time of scaling and root planing or during a routine periodontal maintenance.
ARESTIN® contains microspheres—tiny, bead-like 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 SRP alone.