Preventing periodontitis effectively
Periodontitis is the inflammation of the tissues that support the teeth. It is a widespread disease: In Germany, around three-quarters of people over the age of 40 are affected. We tackle periodontitis using modern methods to preserve the teeth and prevent adverse health effects.
First signs: gingivitis
Periodontitis usually develops because of an untreated inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). The visible symptoms include reddened gums, bleeding gums and receding gums.
Periodontitis occurs when plaque, tartar and bacteria penetrate below the edge of the gum. This “undercuts” the gum and leads to the formation of deep periodontal pockets. This enables the inflammation to spread to the tissue that supports the teeth, the periodontium.
Risk of tooth loss
If this is left untreated, there is a risk of serious damage to the teeth. The periodontal pockets become deeper, and dead cells, bacteria, blood and food residue can gather there, forming a deposit of “subgingival tartar” on the roots of the teeth.
This creates a highly toxic environment with particularly aggressive germs. These infect the jawbone and destroy it. If this happens, the roots of the teeth will lose their supporting structures. The teeth become loose and will eventually fall out.
There are a few things we can do to prevent this. Periodontitis treatment is no longer as terrifying as it used to be. The earlier it is treated, the better the chances that it will heal.
Gentle and effective …
We initially test the oral flora for particular bacteria using modern laboratory diagnostics. Thanks to precise analysis, we can treat periodontitis in a gentle and targeted manner.
During pretreatment following this test, we will thoroughly remove the deposits from the periodontal pockets and smooth the surface of the roots using special instruments.
… to provide successful healing in the long term
During subsequent appointments, we will carry out intensive professional teeth cleaning (PTC) in order to reduce the number of germs even further.
Depending on your needs, we may also use chlorhexidine chips, which are inserted directly into the affected region. This active ingredient effectively kills off the bacteria – without the use of antibiotics!
Getting there together
We want to make sure that your periodontium stays healthy in the long term. This requires close cooperation and a spirit of trust. This is why we should agree on future appointments right from the start and of course we would be happy to add you to our recall system.
Did you know …
… that periodontitis affects not only the teeth but also the whole body? The ongoing inflammation puts pressure on the immune system, making the body more susceptible to illness. At the same time, bacteria can also access the internal organs through the bloodstream.
Several medical studies have also demonstrated that periodontitis is closely correlated with rheumatism, diabetes and heart disease – and important reason to get it treated in good time!