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ARESTIN in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect, IL

Gum disease can be treated with an antibiotic. Unlike antibiotics that are swallowed, ARESTIN is a powder that we place directly into infected areas or pockets in your gums when you receive scaling and root planning (deep cleaning).

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ARESTIN is indicated as an adjunct to scaling and root planning ( deep cleaning) procedures for reduction of pocket depth in patients with adult periodontitis. ARESTIN may be used as a part of a periodontal maintenance program, which includes good oral hygiene and scaling and root planning.

ARESTIN  powder contains 100,000 tiny microspheres, invisible to the eye. These microsphores contain the antibiotic drug minocycline, which is released over time into the infected pocket. This means ARESTIN keeps fighting disease – causing bacteria after you’ve left the dentist’s chair.


  • ARESTIN should not be used in any patient who has known sensitivity to minocycline or tetracycline.
  • ARESTIN should not e used in children and in pregnant or nursing women.

Gum Disease Creates Pockets Between Teeth and Gums

Gum disease can cause your gums to bleed or become infected, swollen, or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the tooth. The gap between the gum and the tooth is known as a pocket that can become deeper over time. And this may raise your risk of permanent damage.

A) A pocket of 4 mm or more in depth may mean you have an infection.
B) ARESTIN placed directly in the infected “pocket” in the gum.

After Treatment

  • Wait at least 10 days before using floss, toothpicks, or other devices designed to clean between teeth inn treated areas
  • Don’t touch treated areas for a week
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 1 week
  • Always follow up. Because the bacteria that cause periodontal disease are persistent, the infection can return. Please be sure to make follow-up appointments with us to maintain healthy gum and teeth.

Benefits of ARESTIN

ARESTIN is shown to:

  • Significantly reduce the size of pockets, compared with “deep cleaning (SRP) alone
  • Kills the bacteria most commonly associated with periodontal disease

If unexpected tooth pain or an accident have you suffering, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 847-758-0100 at your earliest convenience!