The highly underrated and widespread disease periodontitis begins with a simple inflammation of the gums and can end in tooth loss. Studies have shown that 40% of the German population has a moderate case and another 4to 8% have a severe case of periodontitis.
Gum disease results from a bacterial infection at the gum line. Then pockets begin to develop around the teeth. Due to the fact that these pockets are impossible to keep clean, these bacteria are able to multiply undisturbed, which in turn can lead to bone involvement. If left untreated, in severe cases this can lead to tooth mobility and loss.
The goal of gum treatments is to eliminate bacteria and to reduce pocket depth so that the patient is able to keep his chewing apparatus healthy.
Treatment takes place in various steps and is planned individually:
- Electronic pocket depth measurement and periodontal status
- Bacterial analysis to combat the specific pathogen
- Scaling and root planing
- Bonding loose teeth
- Gum operation (flap) to remove the pockets and bone modeling (Filling bone defects)
Gingival Recession (exposed roots)
Using surgical procedures similar to plastic surgery, exposed roots can be covered successfully and permanently. Depending upon the degree of difficulty, it may be necessary to transplant gum tissue in order to achieve the desired effect.