What is Peri-implantitis?

Technology is advancing and the use of a dental implant is becoming a common solution for dental repair and replacement. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace teeth. They last longer and are more durable than dental bridges. They are also better than dealing with the hassle of dentures. If you are a resident of the Boston area and are interested in getting dental implants, there is something you should ask your dentist about Peri-Implantitis.

Peri-Implantitis deterrioration over 5 years in a heavy smoker

What does Peri-Implantitis mean?

Peri-Implantitis is an inflammatory process and complication that arises from having dental implants installed. Typically there are three pieces to a dental implant. There is the Implant itself which is surgically installed into the lower jaw and acts as the root of your tooth. Then there is the Abutment which sticks up from the Implant and connects to the third piece, the Crown, which replaces the physical tooth.

Peri-Implantitis occurs most often in Compound Implants, which means the Abutment is a separate piece from the Implant. When the Abutment is a completely separate piece, the space and gaps between the pieces can attract bacteria and other pathogens. These bacteria and pathogens can spread to the soft and hard tissue around the gums and jaw line causing the inflammation disease which is Peri-Implantitis.

What are the risks?

The Dental Partners of Boston want you to be aware of the possible risks with installing dental implants and are able to offer advice and professional recommendations for which treatment will best fit you and your family. Dental Implants are still a very cost effective treatment for replacing teeth, and when properly cared for, will last a very long time. The risks of Peri-Implantitis are more common in patients that receive Compound Implants, or patients that have a history of Periodontal diseases.

Peri-Implantitis, if severe enough, can cause damage to the soft and hard tissues of the jaw. It can lead to other Periodontal diseases and complications, and possibly the failing of the original Dental implant. In extremely severe cases, the patient may require surgery to remove the dead tissue from the surrounding areas, antibiotics, or a loss of bone mass.

Who should I talk to if I have more questions?

If you or someone you know are interested in receiving dental implants, but have more questions regarding the risks, the procedure itself, or the overall care of the implant; then you should contact the Dental Partners of Boston. Schedule an appointment or consultation to see if dental implants are right for you, or if you are at risk for Peri-implantitis.

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