ARESTIN (minocycline HCl) Microspheres, 1 mg is a concentrated, locally applied antibiotic that remains active in the pocket for an extended period of time to reduce pocket depth. The microspheres release antibiotic over time, targeting bacteria to reduce pocket depth, so gums can heal better than with scaling and root planing (SRP) alone.
Periodontitis, being an active bacterial infection, can pose a range of risks and potential oral health consequences to your patients if not controlled.
SRP alone may not be enough to achieve and sustain a healthier balance of bacteria.
With treatment by mechanical procedures alone, baseline levels of bacteria may return in just a few days. Since periodontitis manifests at both the microbial and clinical levels, a treatment plan that addresses both may be appropriate.
Antibiotics can help reduce the prevalence and severity of periodontal disease. Orally administered antibiotics, such as tetracyclines, which are concentrated in the gingival crevicular fluid of the periodontal pockets, have been particularly useful as adjuncts in the treatment of some types of periodontitis.