Peri-Implant Disease: A Serious Implant Post-Operative Complication
Posted on 3/21/2022 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
Peri-implant disease, also known as peri-implantitis is a serious and common complication that may occur when you receive implants. It is defined as a damaging inflammatory process that affects osseointegrated implants in function, hence contributing to peri-implant pocket formation as well as loss of supporting bone.
How Peri-Implantitis affects the Gum Tissues
Basically, peri-implantitis affects both soft and hard gum tissue around dental implants. The accumulation of bacteria below the gum line and on the base of implants can irritate your gum tissue. As a result, you may experience gum inflammation that damages the gum tissue. Left untreated, peri-implantitis can deteriorate the structure of bone below the implants.
Causes of Peri-Implantitis
The prevalence of peri-implantitis within an average follow-up of 24 months may be as high as a fifth of all implants. Several factors are linked to peri-implantitis such as ill-designed or ill-fitting implants. Lack of proper attachment of periodontal tissue around the implants may also lead to the condition. Poor dental hygiene, as well as periodontal disease, are also a culprit. People who smoke and drink heavily may be at risk of peri-implantitis.
It is paramount that you seek an implant specialist who utilizes high-quality dental implants and has many years of proven clinical success. This way, you reduce the risk of peri-implantitis. Seeking an implant placement specialist who uses advanced technology and has sufficiently studied implants can help achieve better implant success.
If you want to get implants, visit our dental office. Our team is qualified and well trained to place implants. We understand the type of complications that may arise after placement and do we everything possible to prevent them. Schedule your appointment today for an evaluation. We utilize technologies such as 3-D planning for your virtual mouth and properly determine the health of your bone and gum tissue before proceeding with your treatment.