Parodontitis (also called periodontal disease) is a disease of the tooth bed. The entire periodontium is affected, both gums and jawbones.
Parodontitis can occur when plaque accumulates over a long period of time on the surface of the tooth, the gumline and in the spaces between the teeth. Plaque is formed from food residues that collect in the gum pockets when interacting with bacteria. This in turn develops tartar, a mineralized and hard form of plaque. As a result, the gums can become inflamed and swollen. The color changes from a healthy pale pink to dark red. If the inflammation affects the jawbone, it is called parodontitis. The causes usually lie in misunderstood or inadequate oral hygiene and nicotine consumption. With periodontics at T7 in Berlin, we can recognize, treat and stop this creeping inflammatory process in good time.
Warning signs of periodontal disease
Many people are initially unaware that their symptoms can be caused by periodontal disease. It usually starts harmlessly with reddened or swollen gums. Occasional bleeding gums later occur, but this is often not perceived as painful. Treatment is necessary at the latest when the gums become inflamed and visibly regressive. Teeth may already have loosened at this stage.
As part of parodontology at T7 in Berlin, we start therapy after an examination. First, the oral cavity needs to be cleaned and plaque removed. Then we clean and smooth the tooth root surfaces so that the application of plaque is more difficult and the gums can regenerate. We also remove plaque under the gum lines. The disinfection also takes place with a laser to kill the bacteria as comprehensively as possible. We remove inflamed tissue from the gingival pockets and then clean them. In particularly severe cases, we also perform periodontal surgery (open curettage) to access the root surfaces. Depending on the treatment, we insert a chip soaked with an antiseptic solution (Perio-Chip) into the gingival pockets.
Effects of parodontitis
Parodontitis comes slowly and can go unnoticed for months and years. It becomes particularly dangerous when the bacterial pathogens spread through the bloodstream in the body, thereby significantly increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. If a patient does not go to the dentist on time, teeth can often no longer be saved.
Parodontitis can be prevented by simple measures: Regular check-ups by the dentist and professional tooth cleaning (at least every six months) Prophylaxis measures that can effectively prevent periodontal disease. Proper oral hygiene helps to avoid problems with the gums and gums.
Parodontitis at T7 in Berlin offers preventive measures and treatment. Our patients receive regular reminders about the next check-up or tooth cleaning via SMS or email. Here you can make an appointment for advice on periodontal treatment.