What Is It?
Arestin® is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in a powder form. This powder is easily placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after your dental hygienist finishes your scaling and root planing or periodontal maintenance procedures.
How It Works
Arestin® contains "microspheres" (tiny, bead-like particles) that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The "microspheres", which are filled with the antibiotic minocycline, release the drug over time into the infected periodontal pocket, killing bacteria that live there for up to 21 days.
Arestin® Microspheres continue to fight the infection for up to 21 days after scaling and root planing. In clinical studies, Arestin® has been proven to be more effective than scaling and root planing alone. Arestin® also significantly reduced the size of periodontal pockets compared to scaling and root planing alone, killed the bacteria most commonly associated with periodontal disease and reduced bleeding on probing of the gums.