Arestin Antibiotic Treatment
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Gum disease, a general dentistry disease also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, is the number 1 cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States. It is caused by bacteria getting below the gum line and is very treatable, but constantly ignored by patients. Many do not want to deal with gum disease at early onset, which worsens the disease and starts to affect the teeth.
It is important to treat gum disease early on, and brushing and flossing will not do the trick on its own. Dr. Corsello, a general dentistry professional in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can help patients overcome gum disease. Dr. Corsello can treat patients with Arestin® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres. Arestin® is an antibiotic treatment that helps kill the bacteria causing gum disease at the root of the problem. Just 1 milligram is an effective treatment that comes in a powder form.
The Arestin® is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the hygienist finishes scaling the teeth and the root planing (SRP) procedure. The Arestin® will dissolve in the periodontal pockets on the own, so no removal is required. Because it is placed right on the spot that needs antibiotic treatment, it is more effective than taking a pill and allows a concentrated antibiotic to go to work. It is an easy and quick general dentistry procedure.
The Arestin® contains microspheres (or small particles) that are smaller than a grain of sand that are not visible to the eye. Overtime, the microspheres release the antibiotic and gradually kill the bacteria at the gumline. This lets the gums heal better than what SRP would allow on its own.
Building a Better Smile
After an Arestin® treatment, it is important to follow a few procedures to prevent further problems. For 7 days, patients need to avoid chewy, hard, or crunchy foods like gum, candy, carrots, or taffy. Floss or a dental pick should not be used for 10 days after the procedure. Drinking more water, giving up smoking, and adopting a good dental routine will help your gums stay healthier longer. Multiple visits to a general dentistry professional may be required. Others may just need to return for annual cleanings. Frequently replacing a toothbrush is also recommended (every 3-4 months).
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