Peri-Implantitis Can Cause Dental Implant Failure and Loss
If infection has affected your dental implant, you risk implant failure. This site-specific infectious disease is called peri-implantitis and causes inflammation in your gums as well as bone loss around the implant. Much like periodontal disease, peri-implantitis is caused when plaque and bacteria enter the area between the gums and implant, causing infection in the gums, bone loss and potential implant failure. Dental implants can last a lifetime if kept healthy like natural teeth, so any issues should be evaluated promptly.
Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding of the gums
- Pus formation around the implant and gums
- Pockets forming between the implant and gums
- Dental implant post showing above gums
- Gum recession and bone loss
Effective Treatment to Save Your Implant Investment
Dr. John Thousand offers effective treatment options for peri-implantitis to help save your dental implant. We will first remove any bacterial plaque and tartar buildup around your dental implant and crown. Any diseased gum tissue will be removed to protect the remaining healthy gum tissue. Your jaw bone may be reshaped to allow for the gums to reattach if the disease has damaged the bone structure. In some cases, Dr. Thousand will attempt to restore lost bone using grafting and regenerative techniques.
Thousands of Hours Studying Implantology
Dr. Thousand has years of experience working with dental implants. At the School of Dental Medicine, he accelerated in surgical aspects of dentistry and focused on implantology. He was awarded the 2012 Student Research Grant from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation, which he used to study the effect of inflammation around implants. Dr. Thousand also conducted research on various cementing techniques on residual cement around implant restorations, which can be a cause of peri-implantitis. Thanks to Dr. Thousand’s research, experience and talented staff, we can treat peri-implantitis and save your dental implant.