Peri-Implantitis sounds like a very serious condition, and quite frankly, it is. It is an inflammatory, site-specific infection that can cause inflammation, tissue loss and even bone loss around an implanted tooth. Today, we are going to look at some of the things you need to know about peri-implantitis, how to treat it, and most importantly, how to avoid it.
What You Need to Know
Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory disease that we can identify by the loss of supporting bone, excessive bleeding and occasionally tooth loss surrounding a dental implant. Diabetes, osteoporosis and a prior history of periodontitis can be contributing factors to putting you at a higher risk for developing peri-implantitis. Additionally, if you have poor oral hygiene, smoke or use tobacco products or consume alcohol, you are putting yourself in danger for developing this inflammatory disease. Another leading cause of peri-implantitis is getting an implant from a dentist who is not trained well enough when it comes to implants. Excessive cement, not knowing a patient's dental history and substandard materials play a role in the development of peri-implantitis.
Unfortunately, removing the dental implant may be one of the ways we treat this disease, along with antibiotics. Depending on the extent of the damage done by the disease, bone and tissue loss may result in bone grafts and tissue grafts. If the infection is caught early, we can sometimes treat it with a chlorhexidine oral rinse and antibiotics.
The best way to treat this inflammatory disease is to avoid it. Make certain before you get your implants that you choose an expert in the field. In our office, our specialists attend regular trainings and take the time to really get to know our patients and understand their oral history before we schedule any of them for this procedure. Call us today and ask us about our consultation process, we are happy to help you restore your smile, and our specialists look forward to working with you.