Periodontitis - usually called periodontosis - is the cause of bleeding and inflammation of the gums. A clinical picture that is hardly noticed by many of those affected, often with serious consequences. This is because periodontitis leads to creeping damage to the entire periodontium. The consequences are manifold and range from exposed, temperature-sensitive tooth necks to permanent inflammation, which can weaken the entire immune system, to tooth loss.
Periodontal maintenance therapy in our dental practice in Munich
Periodontitis can be alleviated and cured in the long term with the help of periodontal maintenance therapy. This treatment concept is based on the latest findings in periodontology. It requires comprehensive periodontological knowledge and corresponding skills at the treating dentist as well as special medical-technical practice equipment. Our dental practice in the centre of Munich fulfils these requirements both technically and professionally.
As a certified periodontologist, Dr. med. dent. Anja Geisler M.Sc. has been treating periodontosis patients since 2005. After several advanced training courses and many years of practical experience as a dentist in Munich, she also completed an additional course of studies in this specialty at Dresden International University, which she completed in 2012 with the title of Master of Science in Periodontology and Implant Therapy.
Dr. med. dent. Anja Geisler M.Sc. is convinced: "After periodontal treatment, people of all ages can keep their gums permanently healthy by means of oral hygiene that is optimally adapted to their needs".
In order to achieve this, we treat you according to your individual needs with state-of-the-art methods and technologies:
- Deep Scaling for cleaning the gum pockets
- Gentle laser therapy
- Professional periodontosis prophylaxis
The first goal of periodontal maintenance therapy is to stop the regression of the gums. To achieve this, the causes of inflammation must first be removed by means of comprehensive cleaning. This is triggered by bacteria and germs that have settled in the gum pockets and on root surfaces. Even with the best care, these impurities cannot be removed by the patient alone.
Risk patients such as smokers, diabetics and pregnant women are particularly at risk. Advanced periodontitis is difficult to treat in these groups and requires deep, repeated cleaning by deep scaling or laser therapy. These methods have proven to be very successful even in cases of severe periodontitis. In the vast majority of cases, the inflammations heal completely. The gums become firm and stable again, the immune system recovers
Professional oral hygiene
The first step is to improve oral hygiene. In our practice, a trained oral hygienist therefore removes tartar and plaque, polishes the tooth surfaces and advises you individually on how to optimise daily tooth brushing. This alone usually leads to a significant improvement and recovery.
In the second step we clean the gum pockets and root surfaces under the gums with gentle ultrasound support. At the same time the gum pockets are rinsed and the firmly adhering bacterial film is dissolved. If necessary, we support the cleaning with an intensive, but especially gentle and almost painless laser therapy. Thanks to laser therapy, mechanical cleaning by deep scaling is rarely necessary at your dentist in Munich.
Periodontitis is not a fate, but a question of care. With regular check-ups, professional oral hygiene and prophylactic treatments you can effectively prevent new inflammations. As a dentist in Munich, we are specialised in this in our practice. For example, we work with the prophylaxis software ParoStatus.de - the program systematically improves diagnostics and ensures the highest treatment quality. As a patient you will receive an automatic ParoStatus evaluation after each prophylaxis appointment, so you can track the success of your treatment.
Antibiotic treatment and surgical periodontal therapy
In rare cases, therapy-resistant periodontitis can develop, which cannot be successfully treated with periodontological methods alone. We then take a smear test and determine the causative bacteria and germs in order to support the healing process with a targeted drug therapy.
In case of advanced periodontitis, the gums may already be irreversibly damaged. In order to restore the protection of the teeth and the aesthetics of the gums, we recommend surgical periodontal therapy to affected patients in these cases. With its help, under certain conditions it is possible to rebuild the bone and cover exposed tooth necks with the patient's own connective tissue. For this purpose, suitable connective tissue is transplanted or existing connective tissue is remodeled so that a natural looking gum line is restored.
Good to know: How does periodontitis develop?
The periodontal apparatus consists of the tooth socket, retaining fibres, the tooth cement (the surface of the roots) and the gums. In a healthy state, they anchor our teeth securely and firmly in the jaw. Bacteria in dental plaque can cause the gums to become inflamed - a condition known as gingivitis. If left untreated, this inflammation can spread to the surrounding bone. The affected bone recedes and periodontitis develops.
A gap, a gum pocket, gradually develops between the gums and the tooth. Bacterial deposits in these pockets can no longer be removed by the patient himself. This leads to subsequent inflammation, which can lead to the loss of the tooth and have a negative effect on the entire immune system. It is scientifically proven that periodontitis increases the risk of stroke and heart attack and can lead to premature births in pregnant women. Diabetics and people with metabolic diseases are particularly at risk. Therefore we recommend: Have your teeth and gums checked regularly - by your dentist in Munich: Dr. med. dent. Anja Geisler M.Sc.