Peri-implant mucositis is where gum inflammation is found only around the soft tissues of the dental implant, with no signs of bone loss. Generally, peri-implant mucositis is a precursor to peri-implantitis. Peri-implant mucositis can be successfully treated and is reversible if caught early.
The next stage of peri-implant disease , peri-implantitis, is more severe. Peri-implantitis starts when oral bacteria begins breaking down the gums around the implant. It is similar to gum disease in that it causes damage to the gums and teeth around it. This gum inflammation is found around the soft tissue and there is deterioration in the bone supporting the dental implant. Peri-implantitis usually requires surgical treatment.
If you have dental implants and experience any of the following symptoms, contact our office so we can schedule an examination:
These are all signs that you could be suffering from dental implant disease. It is crucial to treat the problem early so it doesn’t lead to additional complications.
While a loose implant is rare, it most often occurs during the first year due to failed bonding of the implant to the jawbone. This can also happen years after being placed, usually due to gum disease and bone loss. When an implant becomes loose, Dr. Karapetian may recommend removing the entire implant, treating the underlying infection, and then performing a bone graft to ensure you have enough healthy jawbone to support implants.
Without proper treatment, dental implant complications can affect everything from your bite and ability to chew to your overall health. Inflammation surrounding the implant is especially dangerous, as it can lead to the degradation of the teeth and jaw. You can lose your dental implants altogether and may only be able to use bridges or dentures to regain function.
Most severe cases of peri-implantitis require removal of the implant and bone grafting to replace the damaged bone. To do this, the infection must be fully detoxified. Before new bone can be grafted onto the implant, your Periodontist must be confident that all the infection can be eliminated. The type of bone that is used and its physiology are critical, but there are no guarantees of success. There are many variables that contribute to a grafting’s success or failure.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and keep up with regular dental check-ups after any dental implant procedures. If you think you may be suffering from peri-implant diseases, give us a call right away.