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.

X-ray of peri-Implantitis deterioration over 5 years in a heavy smoker

What Is Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-Implantitis is an inflammatory process and complication that arises from having dental implants installed. Typically there are three pieces to a dental implant: the implant, abutment, and crown.

The Implant inserts surgically into the lower jaw acting as the root of your tooth. There is also the Abutment that sticks up from the Implant. Lastly, the Crown replaces the physical tooth and attaches to the abutment.

Peri-Implantitis occurs most often in Compound Implants, which means the Abutment is a separate piece from the Implant. Consequently, when the Abutment is a 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 jawline. The bacteria and pathogens can cause inflammatory disease which is Peri-Implantitis.

What Are the Risks?

Dental Partners of Boston wants you to be aware of the possible risks with dental implants. Therefore, we are here to offer advice and professional recommendations about which treatment is best for you. 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. Consequently, it can lead to other Periodontal diseases and complications, and possibly the failure of the original dental implant. In extremely severe cases, the patient may require surgery to remove dead tissue from the surrounding areas, antibiotics, or a loss of bone mass.

Have More Questions?

Contact Dental Partners of Boston if you have questions about dental implants. 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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