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Understanding Peri-Implantitis: Infected Dental Implants ?

What is Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-implantitis is a condition that affects the tissues surrounding dental implants. Just like natural teeth, dental implants require proper care and maintenance to stay healthy. When plaque and bacteria build up around the implant, they can cause inflammation in the gums and bone loss around the implant, leading to peri-implantitis.

Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis

Recognizing the signs of peri-implantitis early is crucial for preventing serious complications. Common symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums around the implant

  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing

  • Pus or discharge from the gums

  • Deepening of the gum pockets around the implant

  • Loose or wobbly implant

  • Pain or discomfort around the implant

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is essential to seek professional dental care promptly.

Causes and Risk Factors

Several factors can contribute to the development of peri-implantitis, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup.

  • Smoking: Tobacco use can impair healing and increase the risk of infections.

  • Pre-existing gum disease: Patients with a history of periodontal disease are more susceptible.

  • Diabetes: Poorly controlled diabetes can affect gum health and increase the risk of peri-implantitis.

  • Genetic predisposition: Some individuals may be more prone to inflammation and bone loss.

Preventing Peri-Implantitis

The good news is that peri-implantitis is preventable with proper care and maintenance. Here are some tips to keep your dental implants healthy:

  • Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Consider using interdental brushes or water flossers to clean around the implants.

  • Regular dental check-ups: Schedule regular visits with your dentist for professional cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist can monitor the health of your implants and catch any issues early.

  • Quit smoking: If you smoke, quitting can significantly reduce your risk of peri-implantitis and improve your overall oral health.

  • Manage underlying health conditions: Keep conditions like diabetes under control to reduce the risk of complications.

Treatment Options

If you are diagnosed with peri-implantitis, several treatment options are available depending on the severity of the condition:

  • Non-surgical treatment: This involves deep cleaning around the implant to remove plaque and bacteria. Antibiotics or antimicrobial rinses may also be prescribed.

  • Surgical treatment: In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove infected tissue, clean the implant surface, and regenerate lost bone and gum tissue.

  • Laser therapy: Some advanced cases may benefit from laser treatment to disinfect the implant surface and promote healing.

Why Choose Us?

As an experienced implant surgeon and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), I am committed to providing the highest quality care for my patients. My expertise in implantology, combined with the latest techniques and technology, ensures that you receive the best possible treatment for peri-implantitis.

As the ICOI Ambassador for Singapore, I am dedicated to promoting excellence in dental care and staying at the forefront of advancements in implant dentistry. When you choose our practice, you can trust that you are in safe hands.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you suspect you may have peri-implantitis or if you want to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with us. Early intervention is key to preventing complications and preserving your smile.

Contact our office today to book an appointment and take the first step towards maintaining healthy, long-lasting dental implants. Your oral health is our top priority, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

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