On all tooth surfaces, bacterial coatings (biofilm, plaque) are constantly forming. If these are not removed regularly, they lead to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). If this remains untreated, the gum inflammation slowly progresses into the depths (periodontitis, also colloquially known as gum recession or periodontosis), whereby the periodontium and surrounding jaw bone are gradually destroyed.
The development and progression of periodontitis are barely perceptible for the patient. If you notice bleeding gums during your daily oral hygiene, this could be a sign of gum disease or an indication of side effects or sequelae of a general disease. In this case, urgently clarify the cause. Important: Only inflamed gums bleed.
Exposed and sensitive necks of teeth
Noticeable bad breath
Suppuration in gum pockets
Pain (may or may not occur)
Determination of the periodontal status: In the course of the professional initial cleaning, the depth of the gingival pocket is determined with a special probe.
Root cleaning (scaling): Ultrasound and hand instruments (scalers, curettes) are used to remove tartar and bacterial plaque from the gingival pockets.
Operative intervention: Scaling treatment is not sufficient for deep pockets. Cleaning of the root surface must be done under vision.
Antibiotic therapy: In rare cases, the use of certain antibiotics may be necessary to eliminate particularly aggressive bacteria.
Caries and gum disease are not an inherited "fate" to which you are at the mercy. Careful oral hygiene at home, which you will learn with us, in combination with regular, professional dental cleaning in our clinic will ensure your oral health!
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