What is peri-implantitis?
Peri-implantitis or ‘peri-implant disease’ is a condition where dental implants are affected negatively by a build up of bacteria that starts to cause discomfort and leads to infection and subsequently bone loss. Peri-implantitis usually manifests itself when bacteria or food debris gets lodged or stuck on an implant. This accumulation causes plaque to appear and harden (which in turn attracts further plaque). This reacts with the soft tissue around the implant, such as gums, and symptoms such as swelling or bleeding when brushed can start to appear. If left untreated, the gum can start to detract from the implant and the infection can spread to the bone. Peri-implantitis is the “gum-disease” teeth usually have only this time affecting implants.
Once the infection has reached the bone, this can weaken the point where the dental implant and bone are connected, ultimately loosening it entirely.
Patients who suspect they might have peri-implantitis disease should immediately seek the advice of their dentist so that a dentist can properly assess that it is indeed peri-implantitis and undertake a course of action. Treatment for peri-implantitis might range from a course of antibiotics and thorough dental hygiene to surgical cleaning of the implant or even removal of the implant.
Who is suitable for peri-implantitis treatment?
Patients with suspected peri-implantitis are patients with dental implants that report common symptoms such as:
- throbbing pain
- redness, inflammation and swelling of the gum
- difficulty chewing food
- a loosening of the implant
- in rare cases abscesses sometimes associated with fever
Catching peri-implantitis early will give you the best chance of avoiding further surgery and implant failure. Additionally, if you start to experience any of these symptoms following dental implant surgery, please contact your dentist to arrange a check-up so that we minimise any further complication and avoid early implant failure.
Prevent dental implant failure with peri-implantitis treatment.
Peri-implant disease or peri-implantitis is usually a preventable and treatable disease. Don’t let dental implant problems cause further pain or discomfort. If you suspect you have symptoms of peri-implantitis (inflammation, infection, fever, swelling, redness or a loose dental implant), please speak to us as soon as possible. Our dental team based from our central London dental practice will be able to advise the most effective treatment option to help combat peri-implantitis.
What happens during peri-implantitis treatment?
Peri-implantitis treatment is relatively self-explanatory. The infection has to be removed as soon as possible to avoid damage to the dental implant and bone loss. In rare cases a simple course of antibiotics treatment and a non-surgical periodontal cleaning could be enough to remove the infection and protect the dental implants. However, if the infection has spread to the bone and/or already damaged the bone-dental implant connection then it might be necessary to surgically clean the dental implant with a peri-implant surgery.
Peri-implantitis treatment is undertaken by a dentist.
Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for peri-implantitis treatment in London?
We know that an infection around your dental implant is a frustrating experience and can often be quite uncomfortable and potentially painful. If you’re in any doubt about your dental implants or want to resolve peri-implantitis, there’s multiple reasons why you should choose Wimpole Street Dental Clinic:
- Whether you’re a confident or nervous patient, our friendly and experienced dentistry team here will always work hard to create a calm and relaxing environment so you can remain confident of our experience. Our recently refurbished dental clinic is conveniently located in central London and provide a calm and welcoming atmosphere to patients new and old.
- Our dental team are experienced and knowledgeable in not just dental implantology but all forms of general and cosmetic dentistry and will be able to spot the signs of peri-implantitis from a simple oral inspection of your mouth, teeth and implant. They will be able to assess the severity of the infected implant and be able to recommend the best course of action to avoid a complete dental implant failure.
- Our hygienist team will be able to advise on improving your oral hygiene routine as to avoid further complication or diseases like peri-implantitis or gum disease in the future. Regular brushing, flossing, attending checkups and keeping a close eye on your implant can help reduce risk factors, avoid future inflammation and minimise the need for additional treatment on your implant.
Effective peri-implantitis treatment in London. Book an appointment today.