Peri-implant mucositis and Peri-implantitis

Implants are not immune to challenges and not only require proper planning and execution, but routine professional care.  The cause of these problems can be due to a variety of factors including poor cleaning (plaque accumulation), excessively heavy biting forces, or retained cement around implant crowns.  In addition, the brand of implant and the science behind its design (or lack thereof) can increase the risk for problems.  Peri-implant mucositis is “gingivitis” around an implant.  In this case only the soft tissues are affected and a full recovery to health is possible.  Peri-implantitis is loss of bone around an implant that can cause the implant to come out or need to be removed.  Treatment of peri-implantitis is much more difficult but can be successful in stopping bone loss and occasionally in regenerating some of the lost bone.  While there is no way to absolutely prevent these diseases from occurring they are best avoided by using the highest quality products and techniques delivered by the best periodontists and restoring dentists.  Our team and network of referring practitioners are highly experienced in this regard.