Although dental implants themselves aren’t prone to tooth decay, the tissues surrounding the implant can become inflamed and distressed due to poor dental hygiene. This condition is called peri-implantitis, and the signs include swelling, bleeding, redness, and pus formation in the gum tissue surrounding the implant. As a natural response to this stimulation, the bone tissue underneath the implant starts to resorb, which can eventually cause implant failure.

Dental Implants and Gum Disease

Peri-Implantitis: Gum Disease Surrounding An Implant

Peri-implantitis has multiple phases, just like traditional gum disease. In its initial phase, the gum tissue around the implant becomes infected or inflamed. This stage is called peri-musositis, and it is caused by excess biofilm in the mouth or too much dental cement between the implant and the post. Unfortunately, if peri-musositis is left untreated, it can progress into a deeper infection that extends clear into the jaw tissue. Over time, this infection can loosen the implant from the newly formed bone around the post, creating a loose or missing tooth.

Although this condition is rare and over 95% of dental implant surgeries are successful long term, it is crucial for patients to focus on following doctor’s orders following implant surgery. Another great way to improve your chances of long term success is by only working with a periodontist, a dental professional with an additional three years of specialized training in gum disease management and the placement of dental implants.

Improve Your Chances of Implant Success

As a periodontist who has years of experience placing dental implants in Pittsburgh, Dr. Mark Silberg understands how to protect your newly placed teeth. One of the most essential things for patients to do when they receive implants is to maintain great oral hygiene and to attend their follow-up appointments. During these appointments, Dr. Silberg will check your teeth and gums carefully for the signs of inflammation and peri-implantitis.

Since research has shown that people who have dealt with periodontal disease in the past may be at a higher risk for peri-implantitis, Dr. Silberg will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for surgery before placing the implants. Patients with prior issues will also be monitored carefully after placement to ward off problems. If there are signs of peri-implantitis, Dr. Silberg will treat the condition proactively by cleaning the area and cleansing the location with antibiotics. In rare instances, additional surgeries may be required to remove diseased tissue and improve implant adhesion. For more information about preventing peri-implantitis, make an appointment with Dr. Silberg today.


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