Gum disease is quite common, affecting millions of Americans every year-and unfortunately, it can be serious if left untreated. In addition to oral health problems such as loose teeth, receding gums, and tooth loss, gum disease has been linked to several systemic health issues, including heart attacks, diabetes, strokes, and more. At Cannon Dental, we partner with our Salt Lake City, UT patients to halt gum disease and stop its progression using a custom-designed periodontal treatment plan. For some patients, that may include ARESTIN® treatment.
What is ARESTIN?
ARESTIN is an antibiotic (generic name: minocycline hydrochloride) that is targeted at killing the bacteria associated with gum disease. It is placed directly into the infected areas, called “pockets,” in your gums, where it starts working nearly immediately to fight the infection right at its source.
How ARESTIN is administered
ARESTIN is a topical antibiotic that we place directly in the areas of infection at the end of a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing to clean bacteria, plaque, and debris out of the periodontal pockets that have formed. After deep cleaning these areas, which cannot be reached with brushing and flossing alone, we apply ARESTIN in the pockets. After applying ARESTIN, it:
- Starts working right away to kill the disease-causing bacteria
- Keeps fighting the infection and associated inflammation for up to 30 days
- Provides much better results than scaling and root planing alone, for up to 90 days after treatment
Your personalized gum disease treatment plan
Gum disease is a progressive condition that can manifest in various stages and symptoms. Dr. Cannon will evaluate your teeth and gums to determine the extent of the disease and work with you to create the best treatment plan for your individual oral health needs and treatment preferences. In addition to ARESTIN therapy, we offer several other periodontal disease treatments to restore your gums to health, which may be used alone or in combination with therapies such as ARESTIN.
Like many oral health issues, the earlier we begin treatment for gum disease, the easier and faster it is to restore your oral health. If you suspect you have gum disease, do not hesitate to call Cannon Dental today to schedule an evaluation. Our Salt Lake City, UT office serves patients in the West Valley, Holladay, Bountiful, and other neighboring areas. Call us at (801) 406-9985 or visit us online to schedule your appointment.