Looking for a way to see the unseen? Now you might can

Scientists from MIT were able to develop a code, which can identify, measure and amplify small variations, such as small movements or color changes,  in everyday life. This way they can be visualized, for the normal human eye to perceive them. This code was given out for free and there are already first attempts to use it.

See the video below, where Professor William T. Freeman explains the way it works and the tremendous possibilities to use it!

Did you even wonder, what happens in your mouth, when we work?

Or did you ever feel like getting an idea of how we treat you? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you’ll find here a clever, interactive solution. The DentalNavigator is an iPhone/iPad-Application, that consists of three-dimensional animations of dental treatments. The head can be easily rotated and magnified any like you want thanks to the touch-display, in order to give you a clear view of every aspect. And in case you might be needing some more information for specific topics like occlusion, implants or jaw movements, the DentalNavigator offers you a few In-App-purchasable items.

This app can never replace a thorough and detailed consultation, but it is actually a nice way to get some information prior to the treatment. This way you will be ready to ask the right questions, when it comes to such treatments.

Invitation to an implant study


As you might have already read in our About section, we are actively involved in the further scientific development of dentistry, especially implant-related dentistry. Currently we are investigating the positive aesthetic results of a new abutment design. The latter is made on an all-ceramic, zirconium-dioxide basis, specially optimized to support the peri-implant hard and soft tissues (bone and gums).

As a thank you for actively participating we offer you the implant-related parts (implants and abutments) for free! So, if you are interested and in in need of implant-restorations, hurry up. We only have a limited number of implants.


There are very specific and very strict medical and ethical regulations for the execution of clinical studies, conducted from the World Medical Association as the Declaration of Helsinki. We take these regulations very serious! We encourage you to read them through, as they have important information not only for physicians but for participants as well.

How to brush your teeth correctly

There are several ways to brush your teeth, all of them correct, each one designed for specific indications. The most popular one for adults is the so called Bass-technique, but this doesn’t necessarily mean, that it fits your needs. The best way to get it right from the beginning is to discuss this with our team. So book your appointment and let us find your personalized way of teeth brushing!

In the meantime, let us give you some answers on questions you might have:

We advise you to brush your teeth at least twice per day. In cases of severe periodontitis better three times. What you should never forget is to floss, at least once per day, preferably in the evening. Because a brush cannot reach the interdental parts, in most times the places where decay and/or periodontitis can ignite.

If you are using an electric or sonic brush, you don’t need to worry about that, as the time needed is already embedded in the cleaning programs. But in general keep this in mind: Virtually separate your tooth in four quadrants (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left) and invest about 30 seconds for each one of them. During this time, try to angulate the brush in order to reach every possible tooth surface and the adjacent gums.

Both teeth and gums don’t need much pressure to get cleaned. Think of the brushing as a massage for the gums. If you feel any pain or if it starts bleeding, then you push way too much. If you use electric or sonic brushes, it’s the weight of the brush that can do the job for you.

Even if you do everything right, don’t postpone or miss your regular visits. Our goal is to just help you keep the hygienic standards you expect for your oral cavity. Therefore we advise you to follow our customized recall-programs, as they are set up to serve your personalized needs.

Which tooth paste serves me best?

You wish to fight the bacteria in your mouth?
You wish not to injure your teeth or gums during brushing?
The first thing you need to do is find the perfect tooth paste for you!
For everything else, just keep reading!

If you try to read the ingredients of a paste, you find yourself lost in… translation. Does this ring a bell to you? Well, now is the time to stop getting confused or overwhelmed of all that complicated text!

They strengthen the enamel, the surrounding part of dentine. This way, they  contribute to decay-prevention and hypersensitivity. Thus, they boost the glance of the teeth. But don’t overdo it, otherwise the teeth become yellow. So, if you live in a place, where water, salt or other supplies come with fluorides by law, then choose a paste with a lower concentration!

Sodium sulfates:
They remove the biofilm, which consists of bacteria, dead cell and remaining food. Unfortunately you have to be very cautious with these chemicals, since they can ignite oral ulcers, gingival irritations or even sometimes bad breath. If you tend to suffer from oral ulcers, choose a paste without sodium sulfates!

Sodium pyrophosphate:
It is often used, because it can reduce the production of calculus. But be aware, that it cannot remove the existing calculus and apart from that it can also cause hypersensitivities. It can also lead to gingival irritations. So choose wisely products with low concentrations!

Bleaching substances:
There is a big myth behind this ingredients. Most of the pastes have hydrogen peroxide, also used for hair bleaching, combined with baking soda. These materials can reduce superficial coloration, but they can also damage the enamel, especially baking soda! Please use it with caution and not over longer periods. The safest way is to avoid any paste that has baking soda listed under the ingredients.

The future of removable prostheses?

Today we present a new finding of the internet. We are talking about a totally new concept or removable prostheses, which would probably fit to the most digitally addicted ones among us.

It would really interest me, what is your opinion about this new stylish (?) tool!

Periodontitis – all you wanted to know, but never asked!

Everyone in the western world should have heard this word at least once in their lifetime. But what is it exactly? Well, for sure it is something most of us will have to be confronted with!

Periodontitis – also known as gum disease – is a inflammatory process of the tooth surrounding tissues, the gums and the bone. Normally the first sign is a gingivitis (local and superficial gum inflammation), mostly perceivable just because of a higher bleeding risk and/or a slight swelling. Because this first step is painless and quite difficult to notice at home, regular precautional control visits are very important. If untreated, a gingivitis can gradually turn into a periodontitis, by affecting also the supporting tissues. At this stage bleeding can come on a more regular basis. Also bad breath, longer teeth and – at excessive stages – tooth dislocation or even tooth loss can occur.

What can cause periodontitis?

In general, there are only very seldom cases, where children and teenagers suffer of specific forms of periodontal disease. In most cases we find periodontal problems at patients from their 40ies on. Signs of potential future gingival problems though can be diagnosed at an earlier stage. So, once again, we urge you not to underestimate the control visits.

Under healthy conditions, every human being has over 700 different bacteria in the mouth, mostly in a biological balance. When the dental hygienes turn insufficient, there is a higher plaque accumulation, leading to an imbalance, where harmful bacteria exceed their normal concentration. So, it is of upmost importance to understand, that without plaque and calculus there cannot be any gingivitis and/or periodontitis! Of course, there are other risk factors, such as smoking, problematic immune resistance, diabetes etc., that can boost the problems, but never create them.

What can I do to avoid periodontitis?

A normal person isn’t fatally exposed to gum diseases. Correct and thorough brushing and rinsing of the mouth can prevent a lot. Twice a day would be enough, if done properly, meaning all exposed tooth surfaces, including the approximal sides, tongue and all the remaining soft tissues. In order to do so, you need at least a good tooth brush (preferably with sonic- or ultrasonic-based motion control), some floss (or equivalents, as interdental brushes, air flossing utilities etc.), a tongue scrub and a rinsing mouth wash. Unfortunately this alone won’t work, so – once again – you need to take advantage of regular and professional dental care, in order to reduce to a minimum level or even eliminate the risk of gum problems.

What happens to me, if I suffer from periodontitis?

If you have an uncontrolled or untreated gum disease, the surrounding bone will be affected. In that case, it will sooner or later come to a tooth loosening and/or tooth loss. Periodontitis is the most common reason for tooth loss.

Periodontitis won’t stay only in the mouth. It can also affect the rest of the body by increasing the risk for systemic diseases, such as heart failures, diabetes or birth-related complications like pre-eclampsia, premature delivery or reduced weight at birth.

How can I treat periodontitis?

An on-going periodontitis can be stopped by eliminating all existing plaque and re-establishing a healthy bacterial balance. For this to be reached, our team needs to take several steps:
In our first phase, we visualize to you, what exactly is going on in your mouth as well as your tooth pockets, and then show you, how to fight against it. Of course, at that stage we help you get everything cleaned, but it is important, that you support our work at home. Sometimes, we also make use of some – local or systemic – antibiotics parallel to our treatment, but this is mostly case-related. After some weeks we invite you for a re-evaluation. There we can identify problematic, persisting issues and – if needed – surgically eliminate them. Finally, after a successful treatment, we try to support you on a regular basis. Which means, that you need to come from two to five times a year for a control visit. In cases of severe bone loss, this is also the time, where we can initiate a bone restoration.

Periodontitis can increase the time of getting pregnant

Periodontitis is a chronic, infectious and inflammatory disease of the gums and supporting tissues, which is found in over 70% of the population. Up to now, there was no established correlation to pregnancy. The first published study about it comes from Australia and shows very interesting results.

The researchers followed a wide group of pregnant patients, analyzing amongst other also information on pregnancy planning and pregnancy outcomes for most of them. Their data suggest, that the presence of periodontal disease is a modifiable risk factor, which can increase a woman’s time to conception, particularly for non-Caucasians. It exerts a negative influence on fertility that is of the same order of magnitude as obesity. A correlation between the time it took to become pregnant and the socio-economic status of the woman could not be established.

We are encouraging all women, who are about to plan for a family, to ensure that they are free of any gum disease or irritation before trying to conceive, of course among all the other relevant information, that refers to an appropriate lifestyle. Periodontitis in an early stage is easily treated.

All the information is included in the “SMILE study” and can be accessed via Roger Hart, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia (Perth/AUS).


Osteoporosis and implants

Osteoporosis is a well-known and well-spread disease, mostly among women after the menopause. It hits the bone balance by blocking bone regeneration thus boosting its resorption, ending in bone weakness or loss. Since dental implants stability and function are due to bonal structure, there have been several myths and stories around, regarding osteoporotic patients and implant therapy. So let us get things straight.

For some years now osteoporotic patients get the so called bis-phosphonate pills prescripted (brand names might vary in different countries, so there are none given here; for further information about your given medication, please consult your general physician). These pills reduce or even block bone destruction by targeting the cells responsible for it. Unfortunately, a side-effect of this medication can be localized necrosis of exposed bone after tooth extraction or implant placement, possibly leading to bone damage and/or implant loss. Therefore, such medication can be fatal for implant-based restorations.

Fortunately, in most cases there are ways to combine these two therapies and managing possible complications by minimizing the risks. So we really advise you not to give up on your quality of life if you get the diagnosis osteoporosis. There is indeed a life after that and it can be as good as prior to it!


Dental cup cakes

Dentists are supposed to be able to mold teeth out of various materials. The ones specializing in esthetic dentistry even more. Some tend to have some artistic ideas, which can flow into… baked teeth for example. This particular specimen is – unfortunately – a non-sugarless-but nevertheless amazing-cup-cake, found on the internet. For all the bakers among us, you can follow the link onto ericas’ page
It might inspire you, to bake cakes in different forms, and surprise your friends, guests etc.

We wish you endless happy hours in the kitchen!

[In courtesy of www.ericasweettooth.com]