Keeping Your Teeth as Long as Possible: Preventing Periodontitis and Methods of Treatment
PREVENTION / THERAPY
An infection of the gum tissue (gingiva) is called gingivitis. Periodontitis or periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the entire area surrounding and supporting the teeth, the so-called periodontium. It includes the cementum covering the tooth root, the jawbone, as well as the gum and connective tissue.
Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that are found on the tooth's surface and in gum pockets, where they grow and multiply. Their metabolism produces harmful substances that can lead to the destruction of the periodontium. Further causes include stress, genetic disposition, and a weakened immune system. Symptoms include bleeding gums, deepening of gum pockets and loss of bone around the teeth, causing them to lose hold progressively.
Early prevention and a timely diagnosis are highly important. Systematic therapy depends on the state of the disease's progression and the depth of the gum pockets. Its goal is to reduce bacteria and to rehabilitate tissue.
Gingivitis can be healed through optimal oral hygiene in combination with professional dental cleaning.Periodontitis is treated by cleaning and flushing the root surfaces and gum pockets using ultrasound and manual instruments (curettes). Some cases may require surgical intervention. Regular checkups are obligatory. We strive to systematically protect and maintain your teeth as long as possible.
PERIODONTICS / GENERAL HEALTH
Why Periodontitis Is Not Harmless
The course of periodontitis may be influenced by other illnesses and is connected to their symptoms in cause and effect. Periodontitis itself also seems to influence some diseases.
Among these are arteriosclerotic vascular diseases, heart attack and stroke. Periodontitis can also result in a higher risk of premature birth in pregnant women. It also has an effect on diabetes, just as diabetes has an effect on periodontitis.
Apart from services provided by dentistry, a holistic approach and interdisciplinary cooperation may be required.
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