For all the recent grads! “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Arestin; “The existing data appears insufficient to conclude that adjunctive sustained or controlled release LDA’s (arestin) treatment can either reduce the need for surgery or improve long-term tooth retention, or is cost effective.” This is a direct quote from the American Academy of Periodontology related to LDA’s or local delivery antimicrobial agents. I address this subject because over the last couple years a large number of patients have presented to my office with extensive treatment plans from “dental clinics” where they have been advised that they need a lot of periodontal therapy including the rather costly “arestin therapy”. All I can say is buyer beware! As stated by the A.A.P., arestin therapy does not prove to be cost effective. My only explanation as to why these clinics utilize this service is because it is a “money maker”. Our office does not belong to any PPO’s or HMO’s that practice this unscrupulous method of overcharging patients for unnecessary procedures. Don’t be fooled by the lure of cheaper fees, followed by expensive and unnecessary treatment.
Should you or someone you love have questions about arestin therapy or would like a second opinion, please contact our office for a consultation.
Michael W. Dagostino, DDS