Dental Treatment

Interstitial caries – danger lying in ambush

The rate of interstitial caries (approximal caries) in youths and young adults is clearly rising.

39_prozent


72_PROZENT

39% of all 12-year-olds and 72% of all 20-year-olds
show signs of interstitial caries as an early form of caries.

Modern caries management wants to keep teeth healthy. This type of caries can be prevented by efficient oral hygiene, prophylactic measures by a dentist and a diet low in sugar. The key to success consists in detecting even smallest holes in the tooth (initial caries lesions).Read more

Detecting caries without x-rays (near-infrared illumination, DIAGNOcam)

X-ray machines use radioactive rays in order to produce images. Our response is gentler: the DIAGNOcam. This camera illuminates the teeth and helps the dentist in early detection of even very small cavities in the teeth. Without any rays. During regular check-up controls with our DIAGNOcam, we can detect approximal caries with a high degree of assurance and heal it with only small effort. Without drilling – without pain.

Contact-point caries – Drilling? No thanks!

Caries between the teeth (contact-point caries, approximal caries) will expand only slowly in permanent dentition. But that’s no reason to let down your guard, for there’s the rub:
In the past, when caries was detected between teeth, it was removed with a drill. Unfortunately, that way one tends to lose more and more healthy dental substance (enamel and dentine). Thanks to the revolutionary ICON procedure, we are able to offer a completely new method, but one that has been tried and tested with a large number of patients. We can thus stop caries at an early stage without having to sacrifice healthy dental substance – in just one sitting, simple, painless and gentle, without drill or injections.Read more

Filling therapy – white putty makes teeth shine bright

Caries is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. If there are extensive dental cavities, there will be an increased risk for the healthy teeth to also be infected by caries. Hence, it is our aim to repair all infected teeth and thus to reduce the risk for caries. The teeth get aesthetic composite fillings which are virtually invisible, providing the tooth with long-lasting protection.

Ceramic inlays

Permanent dentition will be present in children from their sixth year on. If these teeth develop cavities, the question for the right treatment arises. Our recommendation: permanent teeth should always be optimally treated – regardless of the patient’s age. That’s why we recommend ceramic inlays even for children. These inlays are characterised by their longevity – often spanning decades. By comparison, plastic fillings will only last from 4 to 10 years. But every repetition treatment of the same tooth will reduce the remaining healthy dental substance. In order to spare the patient this procedure, ceramic inlays are the method of choice for sustainable treatment.

Crowns for milk teeth – pirates on board

Sometimes milk teeth have already deteriorated so much that modern fillings won’t find a hold. In such cases, the tooth in question is treated by applying a crown for milk teeth. Most kids are very proud about this, and will gladly show off the crown in kindergarten and to their friends. In our practice, we call them “pirate teeth” or “princess crownlets”. When the permanent tooth arrives, the crown will simply fall out – just like a “normal” tooth.

Endodontia – we try to save every tooth

Extended “holes in the tooth” (caries lesions) not only destroy the hard dental substance, but also the dental nerve. If the latter has already been damaged, we will carry out a root canal treatment. This gives the tooth in question a second chance to stay in the mouth – and fortunately, this is indeed very often the case.

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Sometimes, however, it may be necessary to remove milk teeth. E.g. when the destroyed tooth has developed an abscess. This may be caused by a suppurative infection at the root tip which tries to find a way out. Such a tooth cannot be saved.

The resulting gap needs to be kept open, so that the permanent teeth underneath have enough room to break through. A placeholder maintains the gap.

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