Last updated 22 days ago
Dental implants have become the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, offering long-lasting, highly successful results. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the health of the soft and hard tissues surrounding a dental implant. Understanding this condition and how it affects your dental implants will help you maintain better dental health with your implants for years to come.
What Is Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-implantitis is a condition that causes inflammation and deterioration of the soft tissues and bone surrounding a dental implant. It is a condition similar to periodontal disease, and is caused by the same bacteria responsible for gum disease. Your risk of developing peri-implantitis may be higher if you have suffered from gum disease in the past, have a genetic predisposition toward gum disease, follow poor dental hygiene habits, smoke, or suffer from diabetes.
What Are the Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-implantitis causes inflammation of the gums. The gums around your implant may bleed when flossing, brushing, or if probed by your dentist during an exam. Other signs of peri-implantitis include an increased probing depth around the implant and the formation of pus. If your dentist suspects you may be suffering from peri-implantitis, he will take X-rays to determine whether bone has been lost surrounding the titanium base of the dental implant.
What Treatments Are Available for Peri-Implantitis?
Non-surgical treatment has not proven effective in treating peri-implantitis. If you have been diagnosed with peri-implantitis, your dentist will determine the best surgical treatment for your needs. During surgery, a flap of tissue is lifted from the gums to allow access to the implant. The implant post is cleaned using special tools, and lost bone is replaced with an artificial or bovine bone graft. Finally, the flap in your gums is replaced and you will be given special home care instructions.
Dr. Stuart J. Froum, DDS offers treatment for peri-implantitis and other periodontal conditions in NYC. Call our office today at (917) 338-0259 to request a free consultation. If you’d like to learn more about general or cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to check out our website.
Last updated 28 days ago
While dental implants offer a 98% success rate, some factors threaten the health and longevity of a tooth replacement. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the bone and the soft tissues surrounding an implant. It is caused by the same bacteria responsible for periodontal disease. The term “peri-implantitis” was first introduced in the 1980s and later modified in the 1990s. Although no standard classification system currently exists to describe the stages of this disease, diagnosis and treatment are based upon the severity of the inflammation and resulting bone loss. After you receive a dental implant, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions regarding daily care and maintain bi-annual dental exams. During these exams, your dentist will examine the health of your implant, bone, and gums to look for signs of peri-implantitis and determine if treatment is needed.
NYC dentist Stuart J. Froum, DDS is a recognized thought leader in the field of peri-implantitis diagnosis and treatment. If you have questions or concerns about dental implants or periodontal disease, call (917) 338-0259 to get the answers you need. Click through our website for more dental health information.
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Peri-implant disease can threaten the success of your dental implants. During your regular exams, your dentist will check the tissue around your implant for signs of inflammation or infection. If you are diagnosed with peri-implantitis, surgical treatment to address bone loss and eliminate infection is needed.
The Goal of Peri-Implantitis Treatment
Peri-implantitis is caused by the same bacteria responsible for periodontal disease. Over time, these bacteria cause infection and inflammation that degrade the soft tissues and bone supporting the dental implant. Treatment of peri-implantitis focuses on restoring bone mass as well as eliminating the infection.
The Process of Treating Peri-Implantitis
Many non-surgical methods have been proposed to treat peri-implantitis, but to date only surgical treatment has been proven effective. Successful treatment of peri-implantitis hinges upon removing infection and regenerating lost tissue to allow you to keep rather than replace your dental implant. Before your surgery, you will receive a full-mouth debridement, which is a thorough cleaning of the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar. During surgery, your dentist will remove a flap of gum tissue to gain access to the implant post. The titanium post is cleaned of all infection using a combination of graphite-tipped tools, bicarbonate powder, and antibiotic medication. Lost bone mass is replaced using a bone graft infused with a platelet-rich growth factor to speed the osseointegration process. Once the bone graft has been secured, the flap in your gums is closed with sutures. Following surgery, you will be asked to follow a regimen of antibiotics to prevent post-operative infection. The use of antibiotics has been shown to significantly improve the outcome of peri-implantitis treatment. You will also be given various mouth rinses to use for the two weeks following surgery.
You can learn more about dental implants, periodontal disease, and how you can protect your dental health when you call Stuart J. Froum, DDS at (917) 338-0259. Dr. Froum is the 2013-14 President of the American Academy of Periodontology, specializing in periodontal care and dental implants in NYC. Check us out on the web to learn more!
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Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in your mouth produce acids that wear away tooth enamel. Over time, a hole forms in the surface of your tooth that must be treated by a dentist.
There are many treatment options for tooth decay. Small cavities that comprise no more than 20% of the tooth’s structure can be filled with a dental material. Larger cavities may require replacement of the tooth if not enough healthy tooth enamel is left. You can learn more about how your dentist determines the best treatment for your tooth decay by watching this video.
Untreated tooth decay can lead to more serious dental disease. Schedule your next checkup with Dr. Stuart J. Froum, DDS by calling (917) 338-0259. Check out our blog to learn more about tooth decay, gum disease, and your dental health.