In our state-of-the art practice in the centre of Zurich, we specialise in identifying and treating gum disease (periodontitis). Often, gum disease remains unnoticed, because infection of the gums, roots and bones do not cause any pain. However, it is the most common cause of tooth loss (and not cavities, as is often wrongly assumed).
Recognising the symptoms of gum disease
Red, bleeding or receding gums as well as consistent bad breath can be signs of an infection. If untreated, this infection can spread to the jaw bone and lead to gum disease (periodontitis), a condition which can result in tooth loss.
The cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque at the edge of gums and inside gingival pockets. Additional factors may include genetics, underlying illnesses (such as diabetes) and lifestyle (such as smoking habits). Gum disease may not only lead to tooth loss but can also have an adverse effect on the body as a whole. If untreated, it has been scientifically proven to increase the risk of heart and respiratory diseases, heart attack, premature births and diabetes.
Tailored treatments against gum disease
Gum disease requires treatment methods that are tailored to the individual needs and circumstances of the patient. This is why at Zahnärzte Zürich, we begin with a detailed examination of your gingival pockets as well as taking x-rays. The information gathered reveals vital information on the condition of your gums and allows us to devise an effective treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Only after this initial examination do we remove all bacterial plaque and calculus at the margin of your gums and inside your gingival pockets, thus restoring a stable environment free of aggressive germs. In severe cases, dental surgery may be necessary. Bone loss can sometimes be restored through state-of-art methods of tissue regeneration.
Following successful treatment of gum disease, regular dental cleaning sessions are the key to the lasting health of your teeth and gums. They ensure that the environment free of inflammation established through the treatment can be maintained long-term – thus keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life.