DNA test can identify the type of bacteria that are responsible for the periodontitis in the individual.
How is the test carried out?
The test is quick and painless. A sample from the gingival pocket is taken with a paper point. The paper point is left in the pocket for about 20 seconds, so that it can absorb the fluid and the bacteria that are present from the pocket. These samples are then sent to a lab for genetic testing. They are specifically tested for the marker germs or parts of their genetic make-up, the DNA. At first the lab technicians looks for 3 types of bacteria. If these are definitively present, they can look for up to 5 more types of bacteria with special DNA-tests.
All in all there are eight marker-germs that indicate increased risk of periodontitis.
Why do the test?
With the help of the test results, the dentist is able to identify the periodontitis early and can stop the disease from progressing with a specifically tailored therapy.
The test can show the marker germs even prior to the first definite signs of periodontits, so that the damage caused by periodontitis can be prevented. The longer the disease is present, the more difficult and the longer the therapy will be.
It is possible to avoid painful treatments and operations as well as tooth loss, if the disease is recognized in time and preventive measures are taken.
Their benefit â€¦
The DNA Test makes it possible to recognize a periodontal disease early and, therefore limit its progression.
The gum and bone recession that is caused by the periodotal disease results in extremely poor aesthetics, followed by tooth loss and sometimes painful therapy.
A simple test is enough to reduce this risk and preserve your smile for many years to come.