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Department of conservative dentistry and periodontology

Prof. Dr. med. dent. Gabriel Krastl
dentistry

About the department

The conservative dentistry and periodontology department at University Hospital Wurzburg specializes in maintaining the teeth and gums of patients, whether due to deep caries, progressive bone loss or dental trauma. About 4,000 outpatients of all ages are treated in the department annually. Dentists have extensive experience in dealing with children and do everything they can to prevent children from fearing going to the doctor in the future. By applying modern therapy concepts, doctors can often save teeth that were previously considered unviable, which is especially important for children and youth. Furthermore, doctors pay special attention to the prevention of diseases. To avoid developing dental diseases, doctors carry out tartar removal, professional cleaning, and fluoride varnish. 

The department's range of services includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the hard substance of the tooth, dental pulp and periodontal disease. The main goal of the medical team is to preserve the shape and function of natural teeth for as long as possible. Dentists try to restore the tooth with therapeutic measures such as fillings, inlays, or partial crowns if the tooth is already damaged. To imperceptibly repair teeth defects, doctors use composites or ceramic materials. The department closely cooperates with maxillofacial and facial plastic surgery and orthodontics, so all medical manipulations are complex.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Tooth decay 
  • Gum diseases 
  • Sensitive teeth 
  • Cracked or broken teeth 
  • Receding gums 
  • Root infection 
  • Enamel erosion 
  • Bad breath 
  • Other pathological conditions 

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Oral cavity examination 
  • Target image (allows to investigate one tooth) 
  • Panoramic picture (picture of the state of the upper and lower jaws, jaw joints and nasal sinuses) 
  • Computed tomography (CT scans or 3d diagnostics)
  • Telerentgenography (lateral projection of the skull and jaw) 
  • T-scan (allows to identify problems with the bite) 
  • Aesthetic computer modelling

Treatment: 

  • Prevention of oral diseases
  • High-quality restorative management
  • High-level aesthetic composite and all-ceramic restorations
  • Minimal-invasive restorations
  • Tooth shape and colour corrections
  • Minimal invasive endodontology
  • Vital pulp therapy and pulp regeneration
  • Microscope-aided root canal treatment
  • Post endodontic restorations with fibre-reinforced materials
  • Restoration of teeth with extensive loss of coronal tooth structure, interalveolar transplantation
  • Treatment of teeth with severe luxation injuries
  • Therapy in cases of root resorption
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1993 - 1998 Dentistry studies in Tübingen
  • 2000 PhD
  • 1998 - 2005 Scientific assistant
  • 2014 Habilitation

Experience

  • 2002 Senior physician at the Polyclinic for Conservative Dentistry, University Hospital Tübingen
  • 2005 - 2014 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Periodontology, Endodontology and Cariology, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2006 - 2014 Foundation and management of the Basel Dental Accident Center together with Prof. Dr. A. Filippi
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Department of Surgery, Biomaterials Unit, School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2014 Appointment to the chair for tooth preservation and periodontology at the University of Würzburg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Over 90 national and international publications in the fields of dental traumatology, adhesive technology, endodontology
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