Periodontitis

Possible symptoms of periodontitis

• Do your gums bleed, when brushing your teeth?
• Are your gums swollen and sensitive?
• Are your gums pulling away from your teeth or do your teeth appear to be longer than before?
• Do you have sensitive or loose teeth?
• Did your tooth position change or did gaps develop?
• Do you complain about bad breath?

The earlier periodontitis is detected, the better the chances of recovery

Periodontitis treatment depends on the type and stage of the disease, and serves the maintenance of epithelial attachment and teeth. This involves not only the control of acute symptoms but also the identification and remedy of the causes. Thus, the reduction of the bacterial load and the elimination of certain bacterial species are the main objectives of the treatment. In case of less severe forms of periodontitis, intensive oral hygiene and removal of plaque and dental deposits are often sufficient. However, when periodontal pathogens are more aggressive, a treatment with antibiotics may be necessary to reliably eradicate the bacteria and to prevent the progression of the disease.

It is of utmost importance to continue visiting your dentist even after successful treatment for regular monitoring and professional teeth cleaning, because periodontal pathogens are persistent and can return even after thorough cleaning of the gum pockets. Only regular monitoring and – if required appropriate antibiotic treatment ensures therapeutic success.

Periodontitis is a hereditary disease

Despite excellent oral hygiene, low bacterial load and therapy, some patients suffer from progressive periodontitis with intense decomposition of the jawbone. This may be caused by a hereditary predisposition to periodontitis. Affected patients should follow an individual prevention and treatment plan to stop or at least significantly slow down the progression of the disease.

Molecular/biological test systems support healing

Healthy teeth are precious, sometimes we realise this too late. Select pathogen testing and genetic risk determination allow the identification of periodontitis risk factors fast and without pain in your dental practices/habits. This information enables your dentist to develop a therapy especially tailored to your needs, thus helping to obtain maximum therapeutic success.

Test Options

1. Marker pathogen analyses with micro-IDent® and micro-IDent® plus

The micro-IDent® and micro-IDent® plus tests provide information about the kind of load of periodontitis bacteria in your gum pockets. Using this information, your dentist can decide if an antibiotic treatment is indicated and most importantly which antibiotic will be most effective. Additionally, the tests serve as ideal tools to monitor the treatment, i.e. to detect a reduction of harmful bacteria and a possible relapse of the disease, respectively.

2. Genetic risk evaluation with Geno Type®PST®plus

In patients with a hereditary susceptibility to periodontitis, the disease progresses considerably faster than in other patients. However, the integration of such patients in a special prophylaxis program helps to stabilize the epithelial attachment for years and to stop loss of teeth. In particular, smokers are exposed to a high risk, e.g. for the loss of implants. Therefore testing of the patient’s disposition will assist the success of extensive and costly restoration measures.