Sullivan, Yasner and KazemiDrs Sullivan, Yasner and Kazemi, Specialists in Periodontics Dental Implants1416 Brace Road, Cherry Hill NJ 08034

1416 Brace Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-3523 tel 856 795 8020 fax 856 795 9785

Gum Diseases

Conservative Periodontal Therapy

Site Specific Antibiotic Treatment

Local applications of antibiotics, Arestin ®, can treat your infected gums - To Help Save your Natural Teeth

What is periodontal disease - and do I have it?
Yes, your dentist has diagnosed some degree of periodontal disease and unfortunately it doesn't go away by itself. Periodontal disease starts when bacteria form a sticky film along the gum line. This film, known as plaque, irritates the gums if not effectively removed by brushing and flossing. Eventually, the disease process can destroy the tissue that holds the teeth in place, as well as the bone that supports the teeth -- leading to tooth loss.

Why is my dentist recommending site specific antibiotic treatment?
Your dentist has found a periodontal pocket -- an area where the gum has separated from the tooth. Bacteria that form in this pocket are not easily removed and can cause infection. As part of your treatment program, your periodontist has recommended site specific antibiotic treatment.

Your periodontist is recommending that an antibiotic be inserted in your periodontal pocket. Arestin® microspheres contain the antibiotic minocycline, and release this medicine into the pocket to help kill the bacteria and treat the infection.

After the antibiotic treats the gum infection, you should expect a reduction in the depth of the pocket - and the area will be easier for you to keep healthy.

What's involved in the procedure?
After cleaning the pocket, your dentist will insert the antibiotic where it slowly dissolves over a 3 to 4 week period. There are no stitches or dental surgery involved with this procedure.

Is the procedure uncomfortable?
Ninety percent of patients experience no discomfort during the procedure. Be sure to let your dentist know if you experience pain or swelling at anytime during therapy.

Can I eat whatever I want with the antibiotic in place?
Yes.

Can I continue to brush and floss?
Yes.