Arestin Antibiotic Therapy to Treat Periodontal Disease
Advanced gum disease, periodontitis, leads to the breakdown in gum tissue that is the foremost cause of tooth loss for American adults, and since an estimated 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, prevention and treatment for this common malady is essential to oral health. Many patients are completely unaware that they have infected gums being slowly broken down by bacteria in the mouth. As the bonds between teeth and gums are broken, teeth become loose, the bite shifts, and patients may lose or damage teeth. Bacteria hides within gum pockets, and they may continue to cause additional damage.
In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), many people don’t notice early symptoms because they’re painless. If gums appear red or swollen, bleed when you brush your teeth, are irritated or sensitive, or if you have chronic bad breath, it’s time to call Maspeth Dental. Our dentist, periodontist, and hygienist examine and assess your condition, measure depth of your gum pockets, and determine whether you have gum disease. If so, we determine the extent of your condition. Patients who attend regular checkups every six months at Maspeth Dental have records of previous pocket depth to compare to current, problematic levels making it easier to determine the extent of damage. For those who have not previously visited our team, we do our best to determine how advanced the disease is, and create a custom treatment plan to eliminate bacteria and restore oral health.
In some cases, the use of topical antibiotics like Arestin is necessary to not only fight but also eliminate infection. By placing Arestin Micropsheres powder directly into periodontal pockets, we attack bacteria at the source eliminating disease and renewing oral health. If you notice and of the warning signs of periodontal disease, or if you you’ve missed one or more checkups or cleaning appointments, contact Dr. Lorber, Dr. Lefkowitz, and our team in Maspeth, NY to schedule an appointment.