Peri-implantitis is a dental disease that causes an inflammatory process in soft tissues, and bone loss around dental implants. Peri-implantitis can be caused by many factors including the faulty design of dental implants and their incorrect installation. In some cases, peri-implantitis is triggered by the mismanagement of dental implants after the operation as well as bad oral hygiene.
Dental implants have been recognised for many decades as a predictable, sturdy and long-term option in the treatment of missing teeth. At Aura Dental, dental implants in St John’s Wood are used to replace and restore missing teeth. Nonetheless, dental implants can present certain complications if they are not installed properly or if plaque accretion and continuous bacterial infection occur after their installation. Peri-implantitis is one of them.
What is peri-implantitis?
In simple words, peri-implantitis is a type of gum disease that affects dental implants. More specifically, peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the health of both soft and hard gum tissues surrounding the dental implant.
Peri-implantitis eats up the bone supporting the dental implant. This bone loss process is not painful in the beginning, therefore many patients fail to understand that they need to visit the dentist.
Moreover, dental implants are not organic and cannot get cavities, yet they are prone to the accumulation of bacteria and plaque, which can cause inflammation if left untreated. Advanced peri-implantitis can lead to bone loss and implant failure.
Warning signs and prevention
Early symptoms of peri-implantitis are similar to gum disease. Patients experiencing bleeding when brushing their teeth or have puffy, red, or sensitive gums should see a dentist immediately. Smokers and patients with diabetes are more prone to peri-implantitis and should take good care of their dental implants. Peri-implantitis can be avoided with regular brushing and flossing. Dental implants in St John’s Wood also need monitoring. Patients who fail to visit their dentist for check-ups and cleanings regularly may develop peri-implantitis.
Frequent dental visits, monitoring of this disease and good oral hygiene can help dentists to better understand and prevent the occurrence of peri-implantitis and stop its progression before it is too late.