Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC
Gum disease poses a serious threat to your oral health. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, bone loss and even increase your risk of cardiac disease as the bacteria and plaque from gum disease enters the bloodstream.
In its advanced stages, gum disease creates infected pockets in the gums that only can be cleaned and treated through professional treatments. These treatments typically require a prophylaxis (dental cleaning), or root planing for more advanced stages of the disease, but at SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we may also prescribe an oral antibiotic called Arestin.
What is Arestin?
Arestin is an oral antibiotic that is applied directly to the gums in the form of powder. It can be prescribed as a standalone treatment for gum disease, though it is typically administered as part of a comprehensive course of periodontal therapy. Arestin usually is placed on the gums immediately after a prophylaxis procedure has been completed.
Arestin also can be prescribed as part of a periodontal maintenance program.
Once administered, Arestin remains on the gums or in the infected pockets for up to three weeks.
Multiple clinical studies show that administering Arestin in combination with receiving a dental deep cleaning and root planing is more successful in reducing the size of infected periodontal pockets. This is because the Arestin kills the bacteria that are the cause of gum disease. The instruments used in a scaling and root planing, while effective, it cannot reach all the bacteria present in infected gum pockets. Arestin can, single-handedly removing a significant amount of the bacteria causing the infection.
Arestin also has been shown to reduce bleeding in infected gums.
At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we are experienced in treating gum disease and Arestin is just one of the tools available at our disposal. If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with gum disease or is encountering some of the symptoms of the disease such as gums that are bleeding, red or irritated, this is not a problem that will go away on its own. Once gum disease enters the stage of periodontitis, only professional treatment will stop the disease in its tracks and protect your mouth against further damage. Call our office at (864) 647-9000 to learn more about Arestin and our course of periodontal therapy.
SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides total oral health care to patients living in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.