Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums that starts below your gum line. Left untreated, gum disease can quickly worsen, causing pockets to form in the gum surrounding each tooth and leading to bone and tooth loss.
ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic which can kill the bacteria that causes the infection. Dr. Pounds can administer this antibiotic during treatment in our downtown Pittsburgh dental office.
Treatment is quick and easy. The antibiotic is simply:
- Placed directly in the infected areas—or "pockets"—in your gums.
- Applied right after scaling and root planing, a common dental procedure that disrupts stubborn plaque and bacteria below your gum line—where brushing and flossing can’t reach.
ARESTIN® starts working quickly, attacking bacteria at the source of infection, and keeps fighting bacteria long after you leave the dentist’s office. ARESTIN® continues fighting infection and inflammation for 30 days, and provides significantly better results than scaling and root planning alone for up to 90 days.
This treatment has been tested and approved for use by dentists for patients with periodontal disease. Ask Dr. Pounds about using it to treat your gum disease at your next appointment, or call our downtown Pittsburgh dental office for a consultation.