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Dental Antibiotic Arestin in Minneapolis
Arestin is an antibiotic. Unlike commonly known antibiotics however, Arestin is used locally, directly at the site of infection caused by gum disease. It comes in ball-like modules that are smaller than the eye can see, and are placed between the gums and the roots of selected teeth. The antibiotics in the modules are designed for released over time, attacking and killing the bacteria that cause the infection.
When Arestin antibiotics are used
In a healthy state, the gums and roots of the teeth are flush with one another, and no gap is found between them. When a patient has gum disease, however, bacteria, plague and calculus develope between the gums and the teeth, pushing the gums away from the roots and causing infection.
In order to return to a healthy state, the bacteria, plague and calculus between the gums and roots must be removed. The initial step for doing this is called deep cleaning, a root cleansing process.
Once deep cleaning is complete, the areas between the gums and roots of the mouth have been manually cleaned of the plague and calculus found there. Particularly difficult cases may leave residual bacteria between the gums, and it is the placement of time-released Arestin that addresses this residual bacteria. Also, when the gums have been extensively separated from the roots, new bacteria cannot form in the subsequent pockets while the Arestin is active there.
Arestin therefore can help to improve the state of the gums, as well as help "arrest" the course of gum disease.
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