Periodontitis versus parodontosis

There are still dental professionals who use the old and wrong name for a periodontal disease – parodontosis. The correct name is periodontitis. – In former times bacteria couldn´t be proven because of wrong techniques-this was called parodontosis. In the last 25 years it is known that inflammation of the periodontum is caused by bacteria, […]

Gums as a reflection of our overall health!?

Gums as a reflection of our overall health? YES AND NO! Over and over again we read scientific and non scientific journals about vitamin deficiency and the consequences from it. As a result many people choose to take homeopathic medicine –a mistake most of the time! – 99% of gum diseases are attributed to plaque […]

Most common reasons for periodontitis

  – – – – – – – Most common reasons for periodontitis The most common reasons of pariodontitis are: Plaque accumulation due to poor oral hygiene, overhang restorations, ill fitting crowns Malocclusion Stress      Smoking Systemic disease such as diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes Fortunately all these factors are easily controlled by; Optimizing tooth brushing, by […]

Oral Rinses – are they useful in the menagement if Periodontitis?

 Is an oral rinse beneficial for patients with periodontitis? YES! An oral rinse is a useful purchase, unfortunately some doctors think it is not useful-with the argument that bacteria leaks into the periodontal pockets. That is incorrect for two main reasons; The bacteria moves only due to extensions Bacteria are harmless on their own. They are destructive only in mature plaque, causing a cavity or a […]

Periodontitis and saliva test-is it useful?

Periodontitis-saliva test? Yes and no! Our last discussion was about lasers, today we want to inform you about the saliva test. It is a common practice for some dental professionals to require that the patients with periodontal disease to undergo expensive saliva test prior to their therapy.    Congratulations! Now the patient knows that there […]

Double chronic periodontitis-what does that mean?

The attempt of this newsletter is to inform you about the difference between chronic generalized periodontitis and chronic apical periodontitis.

The main difference is the etiology, or otherwise said the genesis, which results in bone destruction.  

The periapical abscess starts in the dental pulp whereas periodontal abscess begins in the supporting bone and tissue structures of the teeth.

Chronic Apical Periodontitis is caused by dead and untreated tooth, or a bad root canal performed on a tooth. A radiographic image shows a dark spot on the root tip. The inflammation causes bone resorption, therefore the x-rays can get through much easier, which is visible as a dark spot.

Chronic Generalized Periodontitis is caused mainly by the accumulation of plaque, and the lack of periodontal therapy throughout the years. The microorganisms adhere and grow on the root surface which leads to progressive bone loss around the teeth. Fortunately, periodontitis is easily controlled by good oral hygiene. (red=bone, green=bone)

Both diseases have one thing in common: If untreated, they result in tooth loss due to bone loss.

If you are observing your x-rays and notice dark spots on the root tip and/or the jaw bone is built horizontally or vertically, please seek the help of a periodontist. 


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