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Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry

Professor Dr. med. Werner Geurtsen, Director and Head of the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry

Professor Dr. Werner Geurtsen is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in operative dentistry and periodontology.

He is editor-in-chief of the German Dental Journal and has been on the advisory board of the German Society of Dentistry and Oral Medicine since 1992.
He is president of the German Society of Operative Dentistry and author or co-author of numerous position papers on operative dentistry.

Furthermore, he is a frequent reviewer for leading national and international journals of dentistry and other life sciences.

Professor Geurtsen also works in close cooperation with the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA, where he worked for many years as a tenured professor in restorative dentistry, as an adjunct professor of oral biology, as Director of the Division of Operative Dentistry and as Acting Associate Dean for Clinical Services. He is now Affiliate Professor of Oral Biology and Restorative Dentistry of the University of Washington.

Professor Geurtsen is the founding managing editor of the international journal, Clinical Oral Investigations.

Clinical Profile

The Department of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry provides health care on the highest level using cutting edge methods and technologies. This comprises all restorative procedures, ultra-conservative treatment of carious lesions with special consideration of esthetic requirements with application of tooth-colored materials (composites, ceramics) and high-quality noble metal alloys, and treatment of diseases of the periodontium (periodontal therapy) and the pulp (endodontics).

Another key area is the prevention of diseases of the dental hard tissues (caries prevention) and the periodontal ligament (prevention of gingivitis/periodontitis).

The Department is highly regarded both nationally and internationally in all areas of its clinical activity, such as restoration of teeth with esthetic, tooth-colored fillings based on composite resins and ceramics, and plastic surgical coverage of exposed root surfaces in order to improve the appearance and to prevent tooth hypersensitivity and root surface caries.

Main areas of specialization of the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry:

  • Professional oral hygiene
  • Caries risk assessment
  • Consultation and dental care of pregnant women, young mothers and toddlers
  • Esthetic restoration of malformed, malpositioned or carious teeth

Filling therapy:

  • Direct and indirect fillings/restorations, using resin-based materials, ceramics or cast gold alloys (partial crowns, veneers, etc.)

Systematic and comprehensive treatment of periodontal diseases:

  • Initial therapy, anti-infection therapy, surgical periodontal therapy (resective and regenerative, plastic coverage of recessions)

  • Diagnosis and treatment of peri-implantitis
  • Diagnosis and treatment of bad breath (halitosis)
  • Endodontics (root canal therapy) and treatment of traumatized teeth Pedodontics

Scientific Profile

The excellent reputation of the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry is also based on its intense and high-quality clinical research and basic science activities.

One primary research focus is the analysis of the chemical-biological interactions of oral biomaterials with cells derived from the oral cavity and the gastro-intestinal tract, like cells of the human intestine or colon. The objective of these investigations is to analyze potentially chronic negative effects of low concentrations of these oral biomaterials on the genome of cells and to develop strategies for their prevention which can subsequently be applied to patients, thus helping avoid adverse effects.

Another research goal is to develop new biomaterials which will cause much less adverse effects.

These studies are funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG), the German Federal Ministry of Science and Education and various scientifc societies. The Department also cooperates with various industry partners worldwide.


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