WHAT IS PERI-IMPLANTITIS?
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?
Most dental implants last a long time but there is one long-term risk that comes with dental implants. It is a condition called Peri-implantitis. It is an infectious disease that causes inflammation of the surrounding gum and bone surrounding an implant. This leads to gum disease and bone loss which affects the durability of the implant. In severe cases, the implant may be lost and the infection and loss of tissue can spread and affect adjacent teeth.
BONE LOSS WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
There are a number of reasons why bone and tissue loss may occur after a dental implant is placed. Implants have come a long way and they are wonderful tools for protecting the look and functionality of the mouth, but no surgery is without risks. There will always be a chance of something happening when you put a foreign item in the body. If your dentist tells that dental implants are 100% successful and are a worry free option, you would be well off seeking another opinion and going with another dental team for your implant needs.
Peri-implantitis is very difficult to treat. Fortunately, the vast majority of people with dental implants never develop it. For the unlucky few who do develop the condition, they are often totally unaware that they have bone loss in their jaw because of the implant. It generally progresses in a painless fashion and it is not until more advanced stages where symptoms may become apparent.