Bacterial test for targeted therapy

Because periodontitis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria, it is sometimes necessary to take an antibiotic in addition to the mechanical treatment. These medicines should only be prescribed if a bacterial test has been performed beforehand, however.

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Bacteria are the main cause of periodontitis. A number of species are involved in the disease, however, each associated with different characteristics. Some are particularly aggressive and produce substances that attack the tissue. Some are capable of penetrating into the tissue and thus evade mechanical removal. And some can do both.

No antibiotics without testing

Not all species of bacteria respond to the same antibiotic. The choice of the most appropriate antibiotic must therefore be based on the types of bacteria present. The dentist has no way of identifying the bacteria with the naked eye. That is why there are molecular tests that analyze which bacteria a patient has reliably and accurately. The results can then be used to decide which antibiotic should be helpful.

Armed with this information, the dentist can thus address the patient’s situation in a very individual manner and tailor the treatment accordingly. This means that no problem infection will be overlooked but that the patient will not be overtreated with too many antibiotics either.