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does arestin a necessary drug for peridontal disease

By March 10, 2010 - 1:38pm
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I've recently had surgery for an impacted wisdom tooth, but still experiencing some problems. When I mentioned on my 4 weekly check-up, the oral surgeon told me to wait another 3 weeks to see if things have settled down....if not, he wants to take another x-ray. I have been complaining of a strange odour since the tooth was first found (18 months ago) and was told once the wisdom tooth was removed, it would be ok?? It is still present, so asked if this could be related to gum disease to which he replied, "Unless it(gum disease) has been 'noted', he didn't think so"?
It's NOT like 'bad breath', and is really beginning to wear me down, so too the pain! Any suggestions????

April 26, 2011 - 1:16am
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Hi Kathie - Thank you for writing. I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you asking whether it's appropriate to use Arestin while treating periodonal disease, or if it's a requirement to use it?
During the treatment for some levels of periodonal disease, the use of an antibiotic is necessary during the scaling and root planing process in order to protect the patient from harmful bacteria. Arestin is the brand name for an oral antibiotic that's used by dentists. According to the company that makes Arestin, the primary benefits are that, when combined with scaling and root planing, Arestin significantly reduces pocket depths, kills the bacteria associated with periodontal disease and decreases bleeding during probing. As an antibiotic, Arestin will kill the most common pathogens associated with periodonal disease and the company says the protection will continue for up to 21 days. You can learn more about Arestin here:

You can learn more about periodonal disease here:

Please let us know if your question has been answered. Take care, Pat

March 10, 2010 - 6:50pm
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