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Healthy Gums

HealthyGums.nl is a knowledge sharing platform about periodontal health and how to restore it.

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On our website you can find information about how to keep your gums healthy, and about the treatment needed  to restore health when necessary.

You can find me for consultation and treatment in the following specialist clinics:

You can only deliver quality care by working together with colleagues: joining forces with dentists, oral hygienists and dental specialists makes it possible.

A healthy smile begins with healthy gums

The severe form of gum disease is called periodontitis. Periodontitis damages the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth. By doing that, periodontitis can change the local anatomy of the jaws:

  • The gums recede, making the looks of dentition and smile less appealing. 
  • The exposed root surfaces cause sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Teeth may become mobile and start to drift or flare.
  • Funnel shaped bony defects appear next to the roots or between the roots of molars.
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Periodontitis has caused around this molar both vertical and horizontal bone loss. The vertical loss created a funnel around the back root, while the horizontal loss created a tunnel betweek its 2 roots (deep furcation defect).

Unfortunatley such defects cannot be solved by deep cleaning and intensive use of interproximal brushes. The space of the defect gets quickly filled up by bacteria and inflammation which in the long run make the problem more and more complex.

The solution is a favorable change in the local anatomy by using appropriate surgical techniques.

The funnel shaped defect can be filled up with a mixture of bone particles and  a healing booster gel which stimulates the bone cells of the patient to produce new own bone. This technique is called  regeneration.

When the horizontal damage between the roots has led to through and through space, it is not possible any more to fill it up. The technique that is relevant in that case, is the tunnel preparation.