If you have periodontal disease (gum disease), then you likely have deep “pockets”- spaces between the gums and teeth- where the bacteria that live in our mouths can hide and thrive and grow into infection. These infections can begin to dissolve the bone that holds the teeth in at the roots and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Because these deep pockets can’t be reached with a toothbrush, many patients with periodontal conditions require special dental cleanings and treatment to clean these spaces around the teeth. For certain patients, local antibiotic application as part of this treatment can play a very beneficial role in managing periodontal disease and avoiding the overgrowth of bacteria and the damage such infections can cause.
Arestin® and Atridox®
There are two different antibiotic products that may be recommend by our office to help treat gum disease: Arestin® and Atridox®. Both are effective on-site anti-microbial agents. Arestin® is pre-portioned in applicators intended as a single dose for a single site (tooth pocket) while Atridox® is intended to be applied to multiple sites. Arestin® can also be used on multiple sites by using multiple doses. The benefits of one or the other will vary from patient to patient depending on such factors as the number of sites to be treated and the out-of-pocket cost for the individual. Many dental insurance policies do not currently provide coverage for this type of treatment, and patients may or may not have prescription coverage through their medical insurance carrier.
If you have a periodontal condition and do not already know about local antibiotic treatments, we welcome you to ask Dr. Vancil or the staff if there is reason to believe that this treatment can benefit you. Because Mall of Georgia Dentistry is committed to helping our patients maintain or achieve the healthiest mouth possible with the best treatment for them, while also understanding the role that financial factors can play in a patient’s treatment decision, we can assist with checking on your insurance coverage for these treatments to help you get the most out of the benefits you have. Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about Arestin® or Atridox® or any of your other smile-related needs!