Dental implants are one of the most permanent and health-benefiting tooth restoration solutions in dentistry today. Unfortunately, dental implants are not immune to problems and are at a greater risk of failing when influenced by certain factors such as systemic diseases, poor oral hygiene, tobacco use and smoking, and bruxism. This failing, known as peri-implantitis, is characterized by inflammation of the gums and loss of bone around the dental implant post. A progressive condition, peri-implantitis can eventually results in completely failing dental implants and substantial jaw bone loss. At the first sign of peri-implantitis, tender or bleeding gums around the implant site, seek care at our office!
The beginning stage of failing dental implants, peri-implant mucositis, can be treated with conservative elimination of bacteria buildup at the site. For the more advanced stage of peri-implantitis, we perform more complex surgical treatment in order to save the dental implant. This treatment involves a thorough cleaning and sanitation of the area under them gum line, along with removal of any inflamed or diseased gum tissue. If bone loss has occurred around the implant, bone grafting can restore stability to the dental implant post. Post-surgical care may require more frequent maintenance visits to ensure the condition does not return or worsen. Along with educating you on the treatment process, we will also provide insight into why these symptoms might be occurring so that measures can be taken to help ensure that the condition does not return in the future!