This page was published on Apr 16, 2016, modified on Mar 4, 2019 by Dr. Rahmani (Implant Dentist) of NYC Dental Implants Center

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Without peri-implantitis treatment, the dental implant may become loose in a matter of weeks. Saving a badly infected dental implant does require more extensive treatment and may not always be successful. As a NYC periodontist and skilled dental implant specialist, Dr Rahmani is the very best doctor to treat this type of gum and bone infection and this will give your dental implants a greater chance of survival. To save your teeth Dr Rahmani may include guided bone and tissue regeneration or bone grafting to help anchor the implant more firmly into the jawbone.

Our NYC Dental Implants Center only uses top quality dental implants from Straumann (Basel, Switzerland). It’s the largest and most advanced dental implant company in the world. Dr. Navid Rahmani is an internationally recognized, Board Certified Periodontist and NYC top rated dental implant NYC specialist. All dental implant procedures are performed in our Midtown Manhattan dental center.

Destructive Disease That is Similar to Periodontal Disease

Peri-implantitis is a destructive disease that is quite similar to periodontal disease. It can affect the gums and bone surrounding dental implants and without prompt treatment may lead to implant failure.

 

What is Peri-Implantitis?

Peri ImplantitisIt is impossible for dental implants to become decayed like natural teeth as they are made from inert materials. However patients often overlook the fact that they are surrounded by living tissue which includes gum tissue and bone.

Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that is extremely similar to gum disease, where the gum tissue and bone around the implant becomes infected and inflamed.

It can cause the gums around the implant to shrink, and the bone surrounding the implant may begin to break down. Ultimately this condition can lead to the loss of the implant.

Symptoms of Peri-implantitis

Initially you may notice the gum around the implant looks a little red as healthy gums are pale pink.

If you take a closer look then you may notice the gum tissue that comes into contact with the implant crown has a red edge. This gum tissue may bleed whenever you brush or floss.

The gum tissue may begin to look swollen and could have a smooth and shiny appearance whereas healthy gum tissue has an almost stippled appearance like the surface of an orange.

Your gums may feel a bit sore whenever you brush and eventually the gum tissue and the bone will shrink away from the implant, gradually exposing the metal part of the implant post.

Without treatment it is likely that you will lose the implant or that it will need to be removed.

  • Gum around the implant looks a little red
  • Gums may feel a bit sore whenever you brush
  • Gum tissue that comes into contact with the implant crown has a red edge
  • Gum tissue may begin to look swollen
  • Metal part of the implant post exposed

What Causes Peri-Implantitis?

This condition is caused by bacteria building up underneath the gum right next to the dental implant.

It could be that something is slightly wrong with the implant itself. If the implant isn’t fitting properly or if you have a loose implant crown then bacteria can get into even microscopic gaps.

If your implant dentist left any small pieces of dental cement trapped underneath the gum then this can create a rough area that will attract bacteria.

This is why it is so important to have your implant placed by a very best dental implant specialist as the correct planning and placement of dental implants greatly reduces this type of risk.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Peri-implantitis can also develop as a result of poor oral hygiene.

If you fail to brush and floss thoroughly and leave plaque to build up around the base of the implant then you are more likely to develop peri-implantitis.

If you do have dental implants then it is also important to have regular professional cleanings, scaling and polishing will remove any plaque and tartar buildup around dental implants.

It allows you implant dentist to regularly check on the condition of your dental implants so any signs of infection are more likely to be quickly picked up at a stage when peri-implantitis is more treatable.

Getting Treatment for Peri-Implantitis

If you think there might be something wrong with your dental implant then it’s important to take action as soon as you can as sometimes with prompt treatment an infected implant can be saved.

This does depend on the degree of the infection.

Without treatment, the dental implant may become loose in a matter of weeks. Saving a badly infected dental implant does require more extensive treatment and may not always be successful.

As a periodontist in new york city (nyc), Dr Rahmani is the very best rated periodontist to treat this type of gum and bone infection and this will give your dental implant a greater chance of survival.

Repairing Damage Caused by Peri-Implantitis

A follow-up examination will be scheduled for a few weeks later, at which stage your dental implant will be re-evaluated to decide on the next course of action. Often with peri-implantitis it is necessary to repair and regenerate missing bone and gum tissue that has been destroyed by the infection. Additional procedures may include guided bone and tissue regeneration or bone grafting to help anchor the implant more firmly into the jawbone.

Deep Cleaning the Implants

The area around the infected dental implant can be deep cleaned using special instruments which include a dental laser as the energy helps to sterilize the tissues. This removes the infection, deep cleaning the area without damaging the surface of the dental implant. Afterwards, the area may be flushed with an antiseptic solution and topical antibiotics can be placed.

These are time-release microspheres that help to eliminate any bacteria that may migrate from the tissues near to the infected dental implant. If there is any gum disease present around the natural teeth then this must be treated to help avoid the implant from becoming re-infected. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed and it is important to complete the course.

Preventing Re-Infection

Good oral hygiene is even more important for anyone who has had peri-implantitis, as dental implants affected by this condition are more susceptible to re-infection. Using an electronic toothbrush can help improve daily plaque removal and flossing is essential. You might also be advised to use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse.

If you have any questions about Peri-Implantitis or to make an appointment please call our NYC Upper East Side dental implants center:

NYC Dental Implants Center

121 East 60th St Ste 6C2
New York, New York 10065
(60th St. btw Park Ave / Lex Ave)
212-256-0000