Peri-implantitis
in London

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:

  • bleeding

  • pus

  • 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.

FAQ’s

Peri-implantitis is mostly an entirely avoidable oral disease. Preventative care at home is the first defence against peri-implantitis disease. Brushing and flossing regularly and properly will ensure that your teeth and dental implants are kept clean and any morsels of food debris and bacteria are cleaned away. Adding mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine can help further clear the mouth of such debris and fight against infection without needing further treatment.

In the dental clinic, patients are able to prevent dental implant infection through attending regular check-ups and follow-up appointments at both the dentist and the hygienist. Attending these check-ups allows a dental professional to ensure that the dental implants are safe and that there are no early warning signs of infection or diseases like gum disease that require additional treatment.

Failure to adhere to a robust and regular oral health routine will ultimately increase the risk of peri-implantitis. Failing to regularly brush and floss allows morsels of food to get trapped and ultimately cultivates bacteria around the implant and surrounding soft tissue.

Furthermore, failing to attend regular visits to the dentist means that no one is checking the health of your teeth, mouth and gums. Attending such check-ups allows us to spot early signs of complication and infection so that you don’t need to take more serious steps such as medication, treatment or a surgical intervention if left unchecked.

After around ten years dental implants have a success rate of around 95% but like everything else, if you fail to care for them then you risk complication. The most common reason for an infection post-dental implant surgery is that the patient has failed to follow aftercare guidance given by the dentist. 

Other common reasons for later stage peri-implantitis include continued smoking or heavy drinking directly after surgery which allows for inflammation and means that the area around the dental implants doesn’t heal properly. Such activity increases the risk factor and means that a round of antibiotic medication or surgical intervention may be required in order to resolve the peri-implant infection.

It depends on the severity of the peri-implant infection. If the infection has spread to the bone and weakened the dental implant it may be necessary for your dentist to replace the old dental implant with a new one. It is likely that you’ll be recommended a course of antibiotic medication to remove the infection before surgery.

If your dentist spots the peri-implantitis disease before its infection has spread too much, then a course of antibiotic treatment and thorough oral hygiene regimen may be enough to resolve the peri-implant disease.

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