Dr. Becher – specialized dentist for periodontology – is responsible for the treatment of periodontal diseases and aesthetic periodontal surgery. Based on the most progressive research results and his many years of special experience, we are thus able to offer you the entire scope of modern periodontal diagnostics and both non-surgical and surgical periodontitis therapy.
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the periodontal apparatus and can occur at any age and different levels of severity, affect one or more teeth at the same time and progress at different paces. Since approx. 50% of adults suffer from moderately severe types and approx. 20% from severe types of periodontitis, this disease is the most common reason for tooth loss in adulthood. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that gather between tooth and gums and lead to bone loss. Gum bleeding and recession, loosening and shifting of the teeth and/or bad breath are symptoms for periodontitis.
In order to treat periodontitis, the reasons therefore, i.e. the bacterial infection, have to be combated. Mostly, there is no need for surgery and the treatment can be started at any time. Thereby, we use tissue-conserving, minimal-invasive methods that help reaching also more subjacent gingival pockets, which then can be delivered from the bacteria under local anesthesia of the gums.
In more severe cases of periodontitis, it is sometimes necessary to treat the infection using medication that has been attuned to the previously determined bacteria. Surgical procedures are seldom necessary, however, may contribute to preserving those teeth of which e.g. one root is severely affected whereas others are still intact. In special cases, even a regeneration of lost bones is possible.
After the therapy has been successfully completed, symptoms such as gum bleeding, bad breath and the loosening of teeth should be cured. A professional tooth cleaning in intervals of 3 to 4 months as well as regular check-ups are absolutely necessary after the active treatment. The intervals in-between the follow-up care (recall / prophylaxis) individually depend on the severity of the illness, personal oral hygiene, smoking habits and the patient’s genetic predetermination. According to several research studies and based on personal experiences, professional care of patients suffering from periodontitis guarantee a permanent successful outcome.
But even if it should not be possible sometimes to preserve a tooth, we can also place an implant for periodontitis patients. We thereby make use of special diagnostics (DVT) and our experience in this area since an advanced periodontitis has often caused severe tooth loss. Those especially severe cases are also part of our expertise.
However, periodontitis is not the only reason for the shrinking of the gums. Sometimes, also the wrong brushing techniques or orthodontic treatments may be the reason for gum shrinking or exposed dental necks (so-called recessions). Here, only a small surgical operation is required to correct the shifting of the gums and to restore their natural course.
If a large part of the dental crowns is covered by gums, thus appearing to be too short, we use micro-surgical techniques that gently remove extensive tissue without causing pain, and that guarantee the regeneration of a harmonious tooth shape.
Furthermore, teeth that have been destroyed by caries and where it is very difficult or even impossible to place a dental crown, can also be improved, preserved and provided again by means of surgical measures.
It may happen that after the removal of a tooth, a defect is produced in the area of the missing tooth, showing an unaesthetic gap. Here we use hard or soft tissue to reconstruct a harmonious tooth image.