Periodontal treatments (treatment of the tooth support structure)

The second most common cause of tooth loss is periodontitis. It is a bacterial infection with genetic components. Once it becomes established in your mouth, healing the infection is very difficult.

The bacteria that are responsible live in the plaque and tartar on the root surfaces and even inside the gum (junctional epithelium). Periodontitis microbes are contagious, they spread in the mouth and can cause serious health problems.

For our periodontitis patients we first complete a thorough health examination. We take bacterial smears from the saliva in the pockets and the plaque and send this to a medical laboratory for analysis. Once the samples have been analysed, we can start the right therapy for you.

First of all, we carry out a professional tooth cleaning above and below the gum. The tartar and plaque are removed down to the root surfaces by hand or using ultrasound. This cleanly removes the majority of the bacteria. After a two-week healing phase, we carry out a follow-up examination. If new bacteria have colonised the mouth, the process is repeated.

We support our periodontitis patients over many weeks. Only by working together with each individual patient can we achieve long-term success.

After six weeks we again check the bleeding index, examine the pockets and take another bacterial smear. This determines whether healing is complete or whether there are still residual sites of bacteria remaining. If this is the case, we decide whether surgical procedures are necessary or whether we can proceed using the minimally invasive PDT, ‘the blue wonder’.

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