All You Need To Know About Peri-Implantitis

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Brian Rounds, DDS
African American woman smiling after visit to Brian K. Rounds, DDS in Lacey, WAPeri-implantitis is an oral issue among people with dental implants. The condition entails inflammation and soreness in the gums surrounding your implant. Due to its infectious nature, it can spread to other dental implants and pose treatment challenges. Peri-implantitis can lead to loss of supporting bones and soft tissues.

You are likely to experience pain, swelling, and chewing difficulties. If not addressed, it can lead to implant failure. Here are things you need to know about this dental condition:

What Causes Peri-Implantitis?

Poor oral health is the overall cause of peri-implantitis. When you fail to maintain your oral hygiene, you are likely to have a plaque buildup. The aspect will enhance bacteria buildup on your gums, leading to infections and gum tissue inflammations.

However, other factors such as smoking, implant overloading, immune suppression, diabetes, and poor implant placement can increase your risks of this condition. Failing to honor follow-ups after a dental implant treatment can also increase your chances of getting peri-implantitis.

Signs Of Peri-Implantitis

Like many gum diseases, this condition may be symptom-free at the initial stages. However, the gum around your implants will start swelling or having pus discharge. Gum redness is another symptom that is likely to appear. You can also experience tenderness, pain, and bad taste in your mouth. When peri-implantitis advances, bone loss or lesions are likely to occur.

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When diagnosed early, peri-implantitis can be treatable. The treatment option depends on your condition stage. The dentist can perform antimicrobial therapy to get rid of the damaged tissues and bacteria. They will administer antibiotics to help remove any bacterial residues and prevent further spread. When you have a severe condition, this therapy may not work. The dentist will opt for bone grafting, which involves the removal and replacement of the damaged bones.

If you have any of the above symptoms of peri-implantitis, seeking dentist attention can save you from dental implant failure and bone loss. Book an appointment today and talk to one of our periodontists for help.
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