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Even though scaling and root planing removes a great deal of bacteria that cause periodontal infection, the instruments used during this mechanical procedure can't always reach the bacteria that hide in the bottom of pockets or in difficult-to-reach areas. That's why we often decide to use a locally administered antibiotic such as Arestin® in conjunction with your scaling & root planing treatment.
Arestin® is a small amount of antibiotic powder that is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after your dental professional finishes the SRP procedure. Once Arestin® is inserted, it immediately adheres to the periodontal pocket. Through a process called "polymer hydrolysis", tiny holes in the Microspheres provide "escape routes" for the drug to be slowly released and absorbed into the surrounding gum tissue. This allows for a "sustained release" of the antibiotic, meaning Arestin® continues to work inside your gums for up to 21 days to effectively kill the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.Clinical studies show that Scaling and Root Planing treatment with Arestin® is more effective at treating periodontal disease than Scaling and Root Planing alone.