Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to permanent tooth replacement, and we at Dental Partners of Boston are proud to offer them to our patients. Our diverse and knowledgeable staff create a special environment that allows us to offer complete, comprehensive treatment in every aspect of dental care.
But in some cases, complications may arise with dental implants. One of the major complications of dental implants is peri-implantitis. Our team is committed to helping you understand the post operative care for dental implants, warning signs of peri-implantitis, and treatment options for the infection. We will be there for you during every step of the dental implants process to ensure that you get the outcome that you desire.
Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory disease that affects both the soft tissue and bone surrounding a dental implant. Infection grows under the gums and around the new implant, and causes a loss of supporting bone, bleeding gums upon probing, and sometimes the formation of pus. There are many different reports of how common peri-implantitis is, but generally the frequency is around 5% to 8% for selected implant systems.
Peri-implantitis has several contributing factors: oral hygiene deficiencies, habits like smoking, genetic predisposition, and others. A history of gum disease or other systemic diseases increases your likelihood of developing peri-implantitis. Contamination from foreign material can also cause peri-implantitis.
Peri-implantitis and periodontitis share many clinical features, but it is important to know the difference because treatment procedures vary between the two. Both diseases create deep pockets under the gum line where bacteria can hide and grow. Bleeding gums are a common symptom for both peri-implantitis and periodontitis. However, the bacteria and other pathogens that cause each disease vary, and peri-implantitis affects the alveolar crest, or where the tooth rests on the jawbone, more than periodontitis.
The most important difference is that peri-implantitis and periodontitis are not treated the same way. While improved hygiene can do a lot to help early-stage periodontitis, it will do nothing to cure peri-implantitis. Professional help is essential to curing the infection, and often surgical therapy is needed to heal the disease and save your implants.
The major negative consequence of untreated peri-implantitis is the loss of implants, which can be devastating as another dental implant procedure may be necessary, and if bone loss has been severe, a bone graft may also be needed. Peri-implantitis can also be painful, causing bleeding and pus formation, and may also affect other teeth around the implant.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we are proud to offer a less-invasive treatment for peri-implantitis: LAPIP. This state of the art laser therapy can selectively destroy the bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants that cause peri-implantitis, while leaving your healthy tissue intact. This helps you to heal quickly and maintain your dental implant investment. LAPIP treatment is a patient-friendly solution, and studies show that 95% of failing implants that have been treated with LAPIP have displayed significant improvement. LAPIP gets rid of infection and actually helps bone to grow back.
After your investment in dental implants, it is important to take care of your oral health and to avoid peri-implantitis. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the results that you desire with our excellent implant procedures and compassionate follow-up care. Click here or call now to schedule a consultation about dental implants in Boston.
Sergio A. Guzman