Periodontitis treatment in Berlin
Periodontitis, often referred to as periodontal disease, is inflammation of the gums. The inflammation is caused by special, bacterial pathogens and requires treatment in any case. Without a periodontitis treatment in Berlin it can come to tooth loss and in consequence also to a set of other illnesses in the body.
Usually, periodontitis is triggered by plaque, usually resulting from gingivitis. In the course of periodontitis, the gums will recede as the body tries to remove the bacteria. In our dental practice in Berlin we offer you a comprehensive periodontitis treatment. Periodontitis often develops creeping and usually causes no pain. Therefore, regular check-ups are so important to diagnose a periodontal disease as early as possible.
When should you have a periodontal treatment and why??
The periodontitis treatment in our practice in Berlin should be done as early as possible. Simple methods can help to alleviate periodontal disease, especially at an early stage. There are a number of very gentle, conservative therapies, so surgical treatment can usually be avoided.
Untreated periodontitis can lead to serious illness, such as in the cardiovascular or respiratory system. The bacterial pathogens can get easier and faster in the body in an inflammation of the periodontal pockets. In the bloodstream, they can then initiate inflammatory processes, which can easily become chronic diseases. Also, the risk of suffering a stroke can be increased by untreated periodontitis.
Periodontal treatment Procedure – what exactly is done with such a treatment?
A periodontal treatment is divided into several steps, starting with a professional tooth cleaning and a teaching in the daily oral hygiene. In this framework, various aids are shown and their use explained (interdental brushes or dental floss).
After the professional cleaning of the teeth, the so-called periodontal therapy is carried out under local anesthesia. Using special instruments (ultrasound or handheld devices), the bacteria in the periodontal pockets are removed. At the same time, the root surfaces are smoothed to prevent re-deposition of bacteria. Only in the case of very advanced periodontitis, the bacterial pathogens must be surgically removed.
Is a periodontal treatment painful?
The periodontal treatment itself is not painful, as a local anesthetic is performed in advance. Even then, only rarely do pain occur. But it can cause irritation to the gums, which feels irritated and sore. In the first few days, there may also be increased sensitivity of the teeth to cold or heat. All listed side effects disappear after a few days by themselves and require no further treatment.
After a surgical periodontal treatment in Berlin pain can occur, which can be treated with special painkillers.
Periodontal treatment costs – how expensive is such a treatment?
In the context of a periodontal treatment, costs may come to you. Professional teeth cleaning must be paid for by you, as it does not represent a cash benefit. In the run-up to a periodontal treatment in Berlin we can tell you the exact amount of the costs. You do not have to pay for the periodontal treatment because the costs are covered by the health insurance.
Periodontal treatment Cash benefit – the health insurance pays a subsidy or the treatment is taken over completely?
As already mentioned, the actual periodontal treatment (except tooth cleaning) is a cash payment. But there are other additional benefits that you can take in the context of a periodontitis treatment and that are not paid by the fund. Examples include marker tracer determination or photodynamic therapy. In a first consultation in our practice in Berlin, we can give you more information on the subject of periodontitis treatment and what opportunities this offers for you.
What is a periodontitis?
Periodontal diseases, or tooth-ailing diseases, affect the gums that surround the teeth and the bones that hold the teeth. Periodontal diseases are almost always painless in the early stages. Therefore, you may not notice the gradual onset of the condition, and may not be alert to the first signs of gum swelling, occasional bleeding when brushing your teeth, or gum recession.
Every day a sticky, almost invisible coating forms on the tooth surface. This coating is called plaque (read: plack). He is a growing colony of bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins that cause inflammation of the gums.
This inflammation forms the basis for the development of a periodontal disease.
If the plaque is not removed on a regular basis, tartar will result. This rough, ragged surface of the tartar can now easily accumulate new plaque, which is more difficult to remove.
Tartar thus promotes the development of periodontal disease.
If gingivitis is not treated in time, the disease will continue and the toxins produced by the plaque bacteria will damage the bone just below the gums. Gingival pockets are created.
This goes so far that if enough bone has been lost, the teeth become loose and may no longer be obtainable and must be pulled.
What signs indicate periodontitis?
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Between the teeth there are slowly increasing gaps
- Beginning tooth loosening
- Receding gums
All of these signs can occur individually or in conjunction with each other.
Which treatment measures are required?
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease after extensive examination, the treatment begins with an intensive tooth cleaning and oral hygiene instruction provided by a dental prophylactic assistant. The recommended methods and tools for daily oral care must be used regularly.
In addition, all carious defects are treated and fillings, which are no longer functional, are renewed. Because they serve as a hiding place for bacteria.
Only when this pre-treatment is completed and all the disturbing factors that can lead to a periodontal disease are eliminated, the cleaning of the diseased gum pockets is made. This treatment is usually requested only at your health insurance.
The treatment of the diseased periodontal pockets takes place in several sessions and is performed with a local anesthetic. Special instruments are used to remove the accumulated bacterial colonies and hard deposits (concrements) from the root surfaces.
Then the phase of aftercare begins. Controls are regularly performed to assess the success of the treatment. It may be necessary to perform additional treatments to achieve healing of the diseased dental bed.
If it has come to a healthy and stable condition in the oral cavity, then it is important to maintain this improved condition, because there is a risk that the bacteria present in the mouth, the dental bed make sick again.
The aftercare for periodontal diseases is therefore never completed.
What can you do to prevent it??
In addition to optimal oral care, which consists of the right brushing technique and the use of various tools, it is especially important to have a preventive checkup and a professional teeth cleaning performed at regular intervals. Thus, the oral care and the interval of your visits can be individually adapted to your needs and determined in collaboration with the dentist and prophylactic assistant.
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