Published: 08/16/2017

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are serious problems for many adults. If you’ve lost your natural teeth, but have dental implants, you may also experience inflammation around the implant that can affect both the soft tissue and the bone. This is called peri-implantitis, and it can be just as serious as periodontal disease. It is similar to gum disease, but it affects the structure of your dental implant, instead of your natural teeth. It causes:

  • Deep pockets around the dental implant
  • Bleeding gums
  • Recessed gums
  • Bone loss
  • Red or inflamed gum tissue

Fortunately, peri-implantitis is preventable with proper oral hygiene and care. You should get guidance from your dentist Dr. Becker, on how best to take care of your implant, but generally, you should brush and floss regularly. If your dental implant has already been affected by this condition, you will absolutely need to get treatment to save the implants. Restorative dentistry involves treating the area which is affected by first eliminating bacteria and plaque build-up. Then, Dr. Becker will remove any diseased tissues, which allows the healthy tissue to heal quicker. We have therapies which can reverse bone loss and help the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the implant structure.

Peri-implantitis is not necessarily as common as gum disease, but it is problematic. Other medical conditions such as diabetes or past gum disease do put you at higher risk for this condition. Smoking also increases the risk you might develop it. Sometimes, it can develop because the bone in the jaw is soft or the implant was sized too big. Many people don’t even realize that they have it, because there often isn’t any pain. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but only with proper dental care and follow-up. Don’t be embarrassed if you have put off treatment, just make an appointment with Dr. Becker to treat peri-implantitis in Atlanta, GA.

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