Similar to how bacteria form plaque on your natural teeth, bacteria build heavy clumps of colonies on the surface of implants below the gum line. If not controlled, bacteria penetrate deep into the live tissue surrounding an implant. Gums at that site become red, inflamed and easily bleed. This is called PeriImplant Mucositis – an early stage of the infectious disease, which involves only the soft tissue. If not treated, soon the bone becomes involved as well.
When bone supporting an infected implant starts to melt away and disappear, the disease transforms into a more severe form, called PeriImplantitis. PeriImplantitis usually requires a more involved and aggressive therapy.
Periodontal disease around the infected implants develops faster than with our natural teeth. This is because of the absence of connective tissue and other natural biological barriers that protect our teeth. If the condition is not caught early, the bone, which holds implants in place, deteriorates, resulting in progressive bone loss and eventual implant failure.
In its April 2013 report, titled “Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis: A Current Understanding of Their Diagnoses and Clinical Implications”, which was published in the Journal of Periodontology, the American Academy of Periodontology concluded:
“Peri-implantitis, like periodontitis, occurs primarily as a result of an overwhelming bacterial insult and subsequent host immune response.
Thus, elimination of the biofilm from the implant surface is the prime objective when treating peri-implant mucositis.
As with many inflammatory diseases, the earlier the diagnosis (is made) and intervention (initiated), the better the treatment outcome. To that end, routine monitoring of dental implants as a part of a comprehensive periodontal evaluation and maintenance is essential.”
Dr. Nancy Newhouse, President of the American Academy of Periodontology stated: “Because evidence suggests that early diagnosis and treatment leads to optimal treatment outcomes, regular monitoring of dental implants as part of a comprehensive periodontal evaluation and proper maintenance is crucial to a patient’s implant health.”
It is our goal to maintain your implants in a perfect and fully functional condition.
We strive to preserve and improve our patients’ oral health, using the latest technology and current therapies, based on the up-to-date medical research.
Patients who already have or place implants in our office and follow our implant-maintenance program are offered a 5-year warranty to sustain their implants.
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