Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum and jaw bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or stop the progression of gum disease.
Since there are different stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the patient may be referred to a specialist.
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection and, as with any infection, treatment with an antibiotic is common. Dental professionals often add a locally administered antibiotic (LAA) directly to the site of infection where bacteria hide. LAAs can help reduce any bacteria that scaling and root planing (SRP) might leave behind.
Antibiotics treat infection in the body, and periodontal disease is an infection. Clinical studies prove that SRP is more effective when LAA are added. These effective treatments can reduce harmful bacteria before infection spreads and gum disease worsens.
ARESTIN is the first locally administered antibiotic with Microspheres that has been proven to be more effective than SRP alone. ARESTIN and SRP significantly reduces pocket depths, kills the bacteria associated with periodontal disease, and decreases bleeding on probing. ARESTIN kills the most common pathogens associated with periodontal disease. And, with its unique Microsphere technology, ARESTIN maintains therapeutic drug concentrations for up to 21 days.
ARESTIN contains minocycline, a tetracycline derivative, and therefore should not be used in children and in pregnant or nursing women. The use of drugs of the tetracycline class during tooth development may cause permanent discoloration of the teeth.