Arestin FAQs

What is Arestin?

Arestin is a prescription antibiotic used in conjunction with scaling and root planing (SRP) procedures for the treatment of periodontal gum disease. The active ingredient is an FDA approved antibiotic called minocycline.

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How does Arestin work?

Due to gum disease, pockets of space between the gum and teeth may form. Dentists may not be able to physically remove all of the bacteria that flourish in these pockets during an SRP procedure. Arestin works by placing the antibiotic directly into these pockets, killing bacteria and preventing new bacteria from growing there.

What is a typical Arestin procedure like?

During your gum disease treatment, while your dentist is performing the SRP procedure, he will also place some of the Arestin treatment powder directly onto the infected site. Arestin then utilizes microsphere technology to deliver antibiotics deep in the periodontal pocket, where hard-to-reach bacteria may still linger.

Arestin will then kill these bacteria and continue to act as an antibiotic for a period of time after initial treatment, as the microspheres also allow for extended release.

What can I expect after I receive an Arestin treatment?

Because Arestin is completely painless, there is no anesthetic required or accompanying downtime. Your dentist will provide you with full instructions for post-treatment care. Arestin will naturally and safely absorb into your gums, so there is no need for a professional cleaning after treatment, though your dentist may recommend follow-up appointments to monitor your periodontal gum disease.

How do I achieve the best results from my Arestin Treatment?

Following treatment, your dentist will provide you with instructions. They may include:

Is Arestin expensive?

The cost of Arestin varies case to case, depending upon how much treatment is required. During your consultation, your dentist will be able to assess your condition and provide you with an estimate of the cost. Many insurance plans also cover Arestin, and we at Luxury Dentistry NYC will be happy to work with you and your insurance companies to get you the treatment that you need at an affordable cost. Moreover, the cost of letting gum disease remain untreated can be much higher, as treatment could require expensive gum or tooth replacement surgeries.

Where can I learn more about Arestin?

Please come in for a consultation with our experienced dental professionals at Luxury Dentistry NYC. Our dentists will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and make a recommendation as to treatment, which may include Arestin. Our Manhattan office is conveniently located for many NYC patients, so please contact us today.



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