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Why ARESTIN for Periodontitis?

By Sasha Curry

Like most areas of healthcare, practices and procedures in dentistry are always on the development. At M Street, it has always been important to us that as science evolves, so do our treatment protocol(s). 

Today we’ll be discussing minocycline hydrochloride, or as it’s more commonly referred to, ARESTIN.

What is ARESTIN, and what purpose does it serve in the field of dentistry?

Minocycline hydrochloride (ARESTIN), much like any other antibiotic, is administered to help kill off microorganisms and embedded diseases.

ARESTIN was first approved in February of 2001 as a treatment for periodontal disease. This is generally the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bones that surround and support the teeth.

Periodontal disease in its early stages is referred to as gingivitis, with expressed symptoms such as:

  •  Gums that become swollen and red, bleeding gums, receding gums, and/or bad breath.

How does Gingivitis become periodontal disease? 

During the early stages of gingivitis, gum inflammation can occur in as little as five days. 

From the time of initial symptom presentation, it typically takes two to three weeks for the signs of generalized gingivitis to become more noticeable.  If left untreated, complications linked to periodontal disease often begin to surface. 

It’s important to note that while symptoms in their infancy may appear innocent, periodontal disease not only has the potential to destroy the soft tissue in your gums but can also begin to erode the bones that support your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss!

Now, we’ve covered the arc of oral complications that may necessitate intervention through ARESTIN treatment(s); but, how is the treatment carried out, and what can you expect?

In order for ARESTIN to be administered, your dental expert will begin with a procedure referred to as SRP, (scaling and root planing). 

What is SRP, or scaling and root planing?

SRP acts as a much more thorough cleaning than a routine visit to your dentist.

While most are probably familiar with scaling, root planing may not be something you’ve heard of. Root planing consists of the smoothing of a tooth’s roots while removing embedded bacteria, creating a surface where microorganisms will be unlikely to accumulate in the future.

Local anesthetic is always administered, so while this procedure may seem intimidating, you won’t feel a thing! 

Following SRP,  your dentist will then apply ARESTIN directly to the infected pockets of gum tissue discovered during the procedure. This of course, will ensure that harmful bacteria is eliminated, halting infection in its tracks while preventing further complications as you heal. 

ARESTIN powder is composed of tiny bead-like microspheres of minocycline, a powerful crime fighting antibiotic. One of the benefits of ARESTIN treatments(s) is that its protective threshold is upwards of 21 days prior to your SRP, and once it has worn off, you should be fully recovered. By implementing/maintaining proper oral hygiene following treatment (regular brushing and flossing), you should be able to avoid recurrence of periodontitis.

If you suspect that you have gingivitis, it’s critical that you consult your dentist in order to intervene with a proper action plan to avoid the development of a much more serious problem, periodontitis. 

SRP offers an effective way to prevent periodontitis from developing, and potentially recurring; however, ARESTIN will be much more likely to allow for a full recovery while lowering the chances of subsequent infection. 

Not all dental practices offer ARESTIN treatment(s). 

The good news? M Street Dental offers ARESTIN.

Like most things in life, not all patients require the same care. What may work for some, won’t for others. If you suspect you may benefit from an ARESTIN treatment, we’d love to chat and find out whether or not it's right for you.

We believe that the best approach to maintaining that wonderful smile of yours is to offer support that speaks to your specific needs - support that’s tailored to you, and you alone, to guarantee your oral health is at its best!

We offer a long list of comprehensive treatments and care plans. So, if you have any questions in need of answers, we’re here.

Book your appointment today - you and your teeth deserve the best.

From all of us at M Street,

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