Arestin®

Arestin® Carmichael, CA

Treat your gum disease head-on.

Logo - Arestin®Arestin® is a prescription antibiotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is used together with scaling and root planing (SRP) and is placed by your dentist for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.

How Arestin® Helps

Arestin® makes scaling and root planing more effective.

Confront your gum disease with an antibiotic treatment

If you have periodontal (gum) disease, scaling and root planing (SRP) is needed to help improve the health of your teeth and gums. Bacteria are the cause of gum disease. That’s why Dr. Backhus may recommend Arestin®. It is an antibiotic that helps kill bacteria at the root of the problem. Take Dr. Backhus’ advice—choose Arestin®.

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Arestin® with SRP is more effective than SRP alone

Dr. Backhus places Arestin® in the pockets below your gumline. This may happen at the time of SRP or on a follow-up visit. You may also receive Arestin® during routine periodontal maintenance.

Getting treatment is easy

Dr. Backhus will place these microspheres into infected areas after completing SRP. Arestin® will dissolve on its own, so no removal is required.

Arestin® is different from antibiotic pills

Arestin® is different from an antibiotic you take as a pill, because it’s placed right where you need it. A pill can’t give you the level of antibiotic concentration in your gums that Arestin® can.

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Microspheres release antibiotics over time

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.

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What to expect as your gums heal

After Arestin® with SRP, there are a few things you need to know. Follow these tips on caring for your teeth. With proper dental hygiene, it’s possible to avoid future problems with your gums.


What To Expect With Arestin

Arestin® Side EffectsIn 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ARESTIN® as an add-on therapy for scaling and root planing (SRP), to help reduce the depth of pockets in adults with periodontal (gum) disease. In the years since, over 1 million people have received ARESTIN® along with their periodontal procedure.

Arestin® is a locally administered antibiotic

Some people have allergies to certain antibiotics. Arestin® is a tetracycline antibiotic. Avoid tetracycline antibiotics if you are:

  • Allergic to tetracycline antibiotics
  • Pregnant or nursing a baby

The use of tetracycline during tooth development can result in permanent discoloration of the teeth. However, this is more common during long-term use of the drug.

Common Arestin® side effects

In general, fewer side effects were noted in the test population of clinical trials versus the control population. The most frequently reported side effects were:

  • Headache
  • Infection
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Pain

Tell Dr. Backhus if you have itching, swelling, a rash or other skin problems, or difficulty breathing after having Arestin® placed.

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