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Arestin in Hackettstown | Gum Disease Treatment, Periodontal Disease, Treatment for Gum Disease | Gum Disease, Receding Gums, Tooth Loss

Independence  Dental  Associates,  L.L.C.

Richard J. Cleave,

General Dentistry, Implants,
 IV Sedation, Oral Surgery,
 Moderate IV Sedation Permit # 034

  Dr. Tiffany P. Chen
New Jersey Speciality Permit #06777

915 County Road 517 # 23 
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-2215

[email protected]

We Are A Comprehensive Full
Service Dental Facility.
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Arestin: Fighting infection where it starts:

Everyone today has heard about gum disease through media sources.  Gum disease can progress from Gingivitis, inflammation and bleeding gums without associatged bone loss; and Periodontal Disease, also known as Periodontitis.  Periodontal disease has all the signs and symptoms of Gingivitis but there is also a loss of the bone and attachment apparatus that surrounds and secures teeth in their boney sockets. 

Periodontal disease is actually categorized by how much bone loss exists both on the radiographs and also by taking measurements with a periodontal probe.  Early Peridontal Disease shows 20% or less of bone loss.  Moderate cases have 20% to 50% bone loss.  We consider a patient to have Advanced Peridontal Disease when greater than 50% bone loss is evident. Both Gingivitis and Periodontitis are infective processes that cause bleeding with eventual bone loss and changes in the consistency of the gum contours and coloring.

Most importantly, did you know that periodontal disease is today's #1 cause of tooth loss among American adults? Or that recent data suggest a probable association between periodontal disease and other health issues including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preterm low birth-weight babies?

Fight infection right where it starts:

ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres, 1 mg is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the dental professional finishes the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.

Doxycycline can also be prescribed to be taken twice a day to help treat Periodontis by keeping the virulent bacteria from causing additional bone loss and gum damage.  Periogard is the prescription name of this drug.

Chlorhexidine, which is a prescription anti bacterial rinse, is also used in conjunction with Periogard to fight Periodontal Disease.

Gingivitis, even though nowhere as serious as Periodontitis, is also kept at bay with the use of over the counter anti plaque rinses such as Colgate Advanced mouthwash.  We have all seen the comercials on TV telling us to rinse for 1 minute at least once per day after you have brushed and flossed.  This certainly has merit and is a smart idea to work into you oral hygiene regimen.

We will give you oral hygiene instructions verbally and in writing after your cleanings whether this involves deep scaling and root planing or just a dental prophylaxis.


Hackettstown Dentist. Dr. Richard Cleave DMD FAGD provides Arestin, Gum Disease Treatment, Periodontal Disease, Treatment for Gum Disease to patients suffering from Gum Disease, Receding Gums, Tooth Loss in Independence Township, Washington Township, Mansfield Township, Mt. Olive Township. Independence Township Dentist providing Arestin in Hackettstown, New Jersey.