What are peri-implant diseases and how can a periodontist help treat them? Peri-implant diseases are inflammatory conditions that affect the hard and soft tissues around dental implants. Just like with natural teeth, it is possible for bacteria accumulate below the gum line. This bacteria can irritate the gum tissue over time, causing inflammation and eventually, if not addressed, even damaging the tissue, deteriorating the bone structure below the implant. In this blog post, we’ll look at the two types of peri-implant diseases and talk about how a periodontist may address them.
Types of Peri-Implant Diseases
Peri-Implant Mucositis: When there is no sign of bone loss and gum inflammation is only found around the soft tissues of the dental implant, the patient may have peri-implant mucositis. This condition is often a precursor of peri-implantitis. It is possible that peri-implant mucositis may be treated and reversed successfully if caught early.
Peri-Implantitis: A patient suffering from peri-implantitis will have inflammation around the soft tissue as well as deterioration of the bone structure supporting the implant. Surgical treatment is usually required for patients with peri-implantitis.
Signs of Peri-Implant Diseases: The symptoms of peri-implant disease may resemble the signs of gum disease. They may include red, tender gums surrounding the implants and/or bleeding when brushing or flossing. Implants need the same kind of upkeep as natural teeth. Just like with natural teeth, regular brushing and flossing as well as regular check ups are essential for oral health and the longevity of the dental implants. Prior periodontal disease, smoking, diabetes, and inadequate plaque control are all risk factors for peri-implant diseases. Your periodontist can monitor the health of dental implants as part of your regular comprehensive periodontal evaluation.
Your dental implants can last your whole lifetime if maintained properly. Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants simply require regular care and a healthy lifestyle to perform optimally.
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