Patients who have pockets 4mm or greater that bleed on probing can be treated conservatively with Arestin. Arestin is a locally administered antibiotic containing minocycline, a tetracycline derivative. After scaling and root planing, Arestin, a powder that binds to tissue and fluid, is placed in the pocket. It remains in the pocket for up to 28 days and is absorbed by the body. Arestin reduces bacterial infection and stops it from causing further damage.

Arestin Post-Treatment Instructions

Patients treated with Arestin should:

  • brush the area gently
  • avoid flossing or using a Waterpik in the area for 10 days
  • avoid hard, crunchy or sticky foods for 10 days
  • follow up with a 3 month appointment