825 S Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045


Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

Do you have periodontal disease? This ailment affects half of the adults in the United States. It threatens your oral health, as well as your overall health. Long-term risks include lost teeth, jawbone deterioration, malnutrition, and even an elevated risk of heart disease.
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Lower your risk by receiving prompt treatment from your Lake Forest dentists, Drs. Douglas Campbell and David Schmidt. We offer a comprehensive program of periodontal treatment, which includes an antibiotic called Arestin.

What is Arestin?

Arestin is an antibiotic powder. A member of our team of professionals administers the powder directly into your periodontal pockets (under the gums). Instead of taking an oral antibiotic, Arestin powder is applied directly to the site of your gum infection. Placed in just a couple of minutes, Arestin absorbs naturally into the gums and remains active for as long as one month, killing bacteria responsible for gum disease.

Medical research has found that Arestin achieves the following:

  • Higher success rate in reducing perio pocket depth
  • Reduces the occurrence of bleeding gums
  • Reduces inflammation for patients with gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease

The dentist may prescribe Arestin as an independent treatment for periodontal disease, but we often use it in combination with other non-surgical methods such as repetitive therapy, also called scaling and root planing, LANAP laser gum surgery, or Perio Protect trays. Arestin also can serve as a preventive medication for people at an elevated risk of periodontal disease due to a pre-existing condition like diabetes or pregnancy or who have a family history of gum disease.

Studies show that Arestin reduces perio pocket depth significantly within three months following application, and results can be maintained for up to nine months when combined with scaling and root planing.

How can I get Arestin?

Arestin is available by prescription only. If you have gum disease, schedule a consultation with Lake Forest Smiles to find out if you could benefit from Arestin.

Will insurance cover Arestin?

Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of Arestin. Some patients may qualify for copay assistance for their Arestin treatments. Complete this form to find out if you are eligible.

What should I expect after my Arestin application?

For up to one week following your Arestin application, you should avoid eating hard, crunchy, or chewy foods. Also, do not disturb the application site. The dentist will advise you on best practices for brushing your teeth during this time.

Avoid flossing or picking between your treated teeth for 10 days following treatment. Some patients may experience mild to moderate sensitivity but contact Lake Forest Smiles if you experience signs of an allergic reaction, such as severe pain or swelling.

For best results, follow through with the recommended Arestin treatments. Depending on the state of your gum disease, and the depth of your perio pockets, repeat applications may be needed to achieve the best results.

Treating Gum Disease in Lake Forest

Periodontal disease will not go away without treatment. Drs. Campbell and Schmidt are well qualified to treat gum disease and other disorders affecting the soft tissues of the mouth. Meanwhile, take steps to prevent your risk for periodontal disease by brushing twice per day, flossing once each day, and visiting our Lake Forest general dentists once every six months for a check-up and cleaning. To find out more about Arestin or our program of periodontal care, schedule a consultation at Lake Forest Smiles by calling (847) 234-4800. Drs. Campbell and Schmidt have been providing elite dental care to the communities of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire for more than 30 years. We welcome you to our practice.


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