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What Is Peri-Implantitis?

Posted on 10/10/2022 by Evan
What Is Peri-Implantitis?Peri-implantitis is an oral condition that causes inflammation of soft and hard gum tissues and bone loss around a dental implant. It occurs when the dental implant becomes infected.

At first, it may not be easy to notice whether you are having peri-implantitis. Many patients experience bleeding, redness, and swelling gums around the implant. You can also notice a taste or smelly pus in your mouth. As peri-implantitis worsens, the implant may start to loosen, which can cause pain. These symptoms can reverse on their own, but mostly you'll need a professional to treat the condition.

What Causes Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-implantitis occurs when bacteria cause inflammation around the gum tissues. If you fail to manage high levels of hygiene, plaque buildup occurs around the gums and teeth tissues. The plaque then causes inflammation around the implant.

What Treatments Are Available For Reversing Peri-Implantitis?

If peri-implantitis is noticed early, replacing the implant and antibiotics can help to reverse the condition. However, for severe infections, the dentist may recommend surgery. In some cases, peri-implantitis can cause bone and tissue loss. In this case, a bone graft may be needed.

The dentist may also suggest implant removal or replacement depending on the extent of the damage. Before choosing a treatment method for peri-implants, it is wise to have an oral health assessment to determine the extent of the condition.

Can Peri-Implantitis Be Prevented?

Peri-implantitis can cause consequences such as bone loss or losing your implant. The good thing is that you can prevent it by practicing good oral hygiene. A good way to keep your mouth and implant clean is by brushing and flossing daily. It is also wise to keep up with regular dental visits. During dental appointments, the dentist can identify peri-implant early and suggest preventive measures. Dental visits should happen at least every six months. The dentist removes the plaque, thus, lowering the chances of peri-implantitis.

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