Periodontitis is, by far, the most severe gum disease that can entirely upset the patient’s oral health. Getting periodontitis treated at the right time and in the right way can help to reduce its severity by several folds. Though it is infamously known to be incurable, it can surely be controlled.
Scaling and root planing are performed as a primary treatment method in order to get rid of the plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of the teeth and roots. Getting these procedures done is just about half the work completed. In order to halt the spread of the infection and to heal the infected tissues, medication would be prescribed. The most popular ones are Atridox and Arestin.
What are the uses of Atridox and Arestin?
Atridox is a powerful antibiotic that is applied locally. It is usually placed in the periodontal pockets where most of the microbes get accumulated, leading to periodontitis. When placed near the pockets, the medication easily flows into them and adapts with the root structure. Since it is bio-absorbable, there wouldn’t be a need to remove it after the treatment period. It gets rid of the microbes in the pockets and prevents them from increasing in number. It is usually effective for 21 days.
Arestin is also an antibiotic but in a powdered form. Right after completing scaling and root planing, the medication would be placed on the infected tissues and the gum pockets for maximum effectiveness. Along with using the medication, maintaining regular oral health by brushing and flossing provides relief from the condition.
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