Arestin (minocycline HCl 1mg) microspheres is a treatment for chronic periodontitis, an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. Research has shown periodontitis may be linked to other serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Microsphere technology enables extended release of the antibiotic minocycline to effectively kill the germs that cause periodontal disease.
When used together with scaling and root planing, Arestin significantly reduces the depth of infected pockets and helps prevent disease progression. A combined therapy of Arestin plus scaling and root planing is more effective at fighting periodontal disease than scaling and root planing alone.