Arestin® makes scaling and root planing (SRP) aka deep cleaning more effective. Confront your gum disease with an antibiotic treatment. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, SRP is needed to help improve the health of your teeth and gums. Bacteria are the cause of gum disease. That’s why Dr. Mina Levi may recommend Arestin®. It is an antibiotic that helps kill bacteria at the root of the problem.
Dr. Mina Levi places Arestin® in the pockets below your gumline. This may happen at the time of SRP or on a follow-up visit. 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 SRP alone. Arestin® will dissolve on its own, so no removal is required.