Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a prevalent condition that affects many people globally. It is caused by bacteria that form a sticky film called biofilm on the surface of teeth. If left untreated, this biofilm can lead to gum inflammation, tooth loss, and even systemic health issues. Fortunately, advances in dentistry have uncovered Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) as a revolutionary treatment approach to combat this ailment.
GBT is a comprehensive treatment protocol that aims to remove the causative biofilm and restore gum health. It was initially introduced by Swiss dental specialists in 2016 as a more effective and efficient alternative to traditional periodontal therapies. The concept behind GBT is based on the 3-step approach: assess, diagnose, and treat.
The first step of the GBT protocol is an assessment. The dentist or dental hygienist uses state-of-the-art technology, including intraoral cameras and microscope lenses, to visualize the extent of damage. This step aims to identify the presence of biofilm and other signs of periodontal disease such as pocket depths, bleeding gums, and tooth mobility. By gathering comprehensive data, the dentist can then diagnose the severity of the disease and develop a personalized treatment plan for the patient.
The second step is diagnosis, where the dentist or dental hygienist analyzes the data collected in the assessment step. This step aims to identify the primary cause of the disease. In most cases, bacteria in the biofilm are the root cause, with a particular emphasis on the anaerobic bacteria. Identifying the cause is crucial in developing an effective treatment plan that tackles the cause and not just the symptoms.
The final step of the GBT protocol is treatment. Treatment includes the removal of biofilm and plaque, along with root planing and polishing. A combination of ultrasonic scaling, air polishing, and hand instrumentation are used to remove biofilm gently and effectively. Ultra-fine glycine powder is used as a polishing agent, which is safe for the teeth and enamel. Besides, the application of topical antibiotics to infected areas enhances its efficacy. Combining all these techniques together in a standardized approach maximizes the effectiveness of the treatment.
GBT has a significant advantage over traditional periodontal treatment. Firstly, the treatment protocol delivers a focused and targeted approach to tackle the cause. This approach ensures that the treatment is highly effective and delivers rapid results. Secondly, the use of advanced technology enhances visualization and helps to treat even the most challenging cases of periodontal disease. Thirdly, GBT has shown better long-term results in the treatment of gum disease compared to traditional approaches. Finally, the use of GBT is a painless and comfortable alternative to traditional periodontal therapy, which can be invasive and uncomfortable.
It is imperative to understand that gum disease is a progressive condition that requires a long-term management plan. GBT provides a preventative approach to periodontal disease, which saves the patient from severe and long-term consequences, such as tooth loss and expensive dental procedures. With a personalized treatment plan and regular maintenance, GBT can help patients maintain optimal oral health, eliminate biofilm and guided biofilm therapy reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
GBT has revolutionized periodontal treatment by providing a comprehensive, individualized, and painless approach to periodontal disease. With a 95% success rate and long-term effectiveness in preventing gum disease, GBT should be the go-to approach for anyone seeking periodontal treatment. We encourage individuals to book an appointment with our experienced dental professionals for an assessment and to experience the benefits of GBT.