Arestin® in Fort Lee, NJ | Arestin Treatment

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that, if left untreated, can lead to deep pockets around your gums, loose teeth, and bone loss. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

Scaling and root planing is the most commonly used non-surgical method of treating gum disease. However, if the disease has reached an advanced stage, additional treatment might be required. Your dentist near you may recommend a treatment called Arestin®.

Arestin is a sustained release minocycline hydrochloride antibiotic. When used in combination with deep cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing, it can effectively halt the progression of periodontal disease.

Benefits of Arestin

  • It is placed directly in the gum pockets, which is the source of infection.
  • It is highly effective in killing bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • It is sustain released, which means it fights infection for up to 30 days after the placement.
  • It is a painless procedure and only takes a few minutes to apply.

At So Good Dental, we provide Arestin near you as an effective adjunct to scaling and root planing. Talk to our dentist in Fort Lee, NJ, to find out more about this treatment.

Arestin Placement and Follow-Up

Arestin is available in the form of a powder. After scaling and root planing, our dentist in Fort Lee, NJ, will directly place the antibiotic in the gum pockets. The powder will dissolve on its own and is completely painless. These powder particles will slowly release the antibiotic over a period of 30 days.

We will schedule a follow-up appointment approximately 2-3 weeks after the procedure to check the treated area. Regular 3-4 monthly follow-ups are then recommended to monitor the disease.


  • Avoid eating hard and sticky foods.
  • Wait at least twelve hours before brushing the area.
  • Do not touch the area for at least a week.
  • You can start flossing after ten days.
  • Avoid smoking.

Arestin, when combined with scaling and root planing, has been shown to effectively reduce periodontal infection. If you want to learn more about Arestin and find out if it’s the right choice for you, call So Good Dental today!