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Holistic dentistry
Biological dentistry

Dr. Astrid Baumstieger and Colleagues in Kronberg specialise in holistic dentistry. We don’t just think about the oral cavity in isolation, but always consider it as part of a larger, more complex physical system. Many patients suffer with symptoms caused by inflammations of the mouth and jaw. This is what we call silent inflammation and this can be reduced if the patient undergoes targeted dental work. We also deliver the highest quality services using state-of-the-art technology.

We place a great deal of value on organic, well-tolerated, and metal-free materials. Our favourite material is the 100% biocompatible ceramic, fillings made from high-quality plastic-ceramic mixtures. Dental amalgam and gold alloys are a thing of the past.

Special precautions are taken when removing amalgam, e.g. a rubber dam is used, and the patient may also need to undergo a detoxification treatment.

We avoid using antibiotics as much as possible

We avoid using x-rays when looking for caries. This is where the DIAGNOcam near-infrared camera comes in handy.

We produce membranes (PRGF) using the patient’s own blood to help them to recover following atraumatic surgical procedures.

Particular importance is given to the detection of chronic inflammation (silent inflammation).

Disinfecting the area using OZONE (O3)

Photodynamic treatment

Organic prophylaxis

Chronic inflammation in the oral cavity

Many diseases start in the mouth.

For a long time, it was thought that only caries and gum inflammation appeared in our mouths. Today, it has been widely proven that cardiovascular diseases, rheumatic diseases, strokes, diabetes, infertility, depression, intestinal diseases and many diseases of the autoimmune system very often start in the mouth or are intensified there.

Chronic inflammation can often be blamed for this. And this occurs particularly often in the oral cavity. They hide in inflamed root tips, in dead teeth, cysts, chronic gingivitis, or along implants. Dr. Baumstieger and Colleagues in Kronberg are experts in interference diagnostics, especially with regard to NICOs. NICO is short for Neuralgia-Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis. This is also called fatty degenerative osteonecrosis (FDOJ) or osteolysis in the medullary cavity of the jawbone).

Possible symptoms of chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation

  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Feeling exhausted
  • Lethargy
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Feeling feverish
  • Feeling unwell when you get out of bed
  • A sudden drop in performance in athletes

Chronic gingivitis (periodontitis) as a focus of inflammation

Elderly patients at the dentist

More than 5 million adults aged between 35 and 50 and up to 80% of elderly people over the age of 65 suffer with gum disease. This disease often lies dormant, or goes undiscovered inside gingival pockets. A sticky biofilm with highly aggressive bacteria is what triggers chronic inflammation. If the disease goes undetected or untreated, the tooth will lose its support as a result of bone loss and fall out. A variety of other diseases can also develop from this.

Dr. Astrid Baumstieger and Colleagues in Kronberg specialise in the detection and treatment of periodontal diseases. Each of our specially trained prophylaxis specialists has attended additional further training courses and completed the qualification to become a dental hygienist (DH) or dental prophylaxis assistant (DPA). We use the following methods (including neuropathic methods) to treat periodontitis in a gentle and pain-free way:

  • The EMS Airflow Prophylaxis Master for removing biofilm and polishing tooth and root surfaces.
  • Photodynamic treatment with a laser for reducing germs
  • Microbiological identification
  • Specially tested essential oils in place of antibiotics
  • Digital volume tomography (DVT) a detailed diagnosis using fewer x-rays.

Cysts, fistulas and inflamed root tips as “disturbance fields”

Cysts, fistulas and inflamed root tips

One of the most common diseases is dental caries. If it is not detected early, it will attack the tooth nerve. If the tooth pain becomes very severe, patients can undergo root canal treatment under a microscope and, in most cases, the tooth can be saved.

However, nerves will sometimes die quietly. This leaves behind bacteria that continue to survive in the absence of oxygen. This creates decay that makes its way into the bone via the root tip. When the immune system wants to prevent bacteria from spreading, it forms a cyst with a tissue capsule at the tip of the root. The capsule may fill up with pus or with cystic-granular tissue. Both cases involve the formation of a dangerous, silent and chronic inflammatory process that will persist for years and severely weaken the body. We are talking about “silent inflammation” here.

We use the following methods our in root canal treatments:

  • Highly elastic nickel-titanium instruments for reaching highly curved canals
  • We work with magnifying glasses and a special microscope
  • DVT three-dimensional x-ray image) for getting an accurate image of root canals
  • Photodynamic treatment using a laser to disinfect root canals
  • We work with a high time factor and long exposure time when disinfecting the area using rinses that are activated by ultrasonic
  • We remove infected root fillings under a microscope
  • Atraumatic microinvasive root canal treatment
  • We repair filling defects using the body’s own membranes (PRGF) taken from the patient’s own blood

NICO (Neuralgia-Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis) as a “disturbance field”

Chronically inflamed areas in the jawbone

These are chronically inflamed areas in the jawbone. They can appear in places where teeth have been extracted. Typically, these are the wisdom tooth areas. However, you don’t need to have had a wisdom tooth removed to develop a NICO. NICOs can develop regardless of the tooth you’ve had extracted.

NICOs are the result of a wound that has not healed properly. About 50% of those who have wisdom tooth surgery experience complications and pain. NICOs can cause terrible pain because the trigeminal nerve is often in the middle of the inflamed area.

To extract teeth in a gentle and pain-free way, we:

  • Spend a lot of time on the procedure!
  • Use a DVT (three-dimensional x-ray) to determine the exact position and condition of the bones
  • Use ozone to disinfect, reduce infections, and promote wound healing
  • Use a supply of the wound in addition to an autologous matrix (PRGF) from the patient’s own blood

Peri-implantitis as a “disturbance field”

Implants always require special care so that they stay in the bone for a long time without becoming inflamed. This is prevented by certain risk factors: e.g. smoking, chronic periodontitis or poor general health. If the gums around the implant become inflamed, we call this peri-implantitis.

Additional measures for treating chronic inflammation

When the body is subject to immunological stress, it needs special support.
We need to consider the body as a whole here, too.

  • Probiotics
  • Vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin D3
  • Minerals such as zinc, selenium, magnesium
  • Essential oils with a bactericidal effect, such as Manuka, lemongrass or tea tree oil
  • Oil flushing
  • Detoxification treatment using chlorella algae and coriandrum
  • A balanced diet
  • Abstaining from drinking alcohol and smoking as much as possible
  • If desired, we can work on an interdisciplinary basis with your respective doctors (general practitioner, specialist or non-medical practitioner)

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