Concerned About Dental Implants?
A dental implant is one of the highest-rated restorative treatment options used to fill the missing gaps left by tooth loss. If you’re considering dental implants, you should be aware of the potential risk of peri-implantitis.
At Contemporary Dental Arts, Dr. Pham explains what peri-implantitis is and what can be done to prevent your dental implants from failing.
What Is Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-implantitis, similar to gum disease, is an infection that affects the gums, bones, and other tissues where a dental implant was placed. However, just because you receive a dental implant, doesn’t mean you’ll develop peri-implantitis, as it’s avoidable and can be easily treated if caught early. If left untreated, there’s a very high risk of losing your dental implants and your bone structure becoming damaged.
Signs of Peri-Implantitis
These are some of the signs of peri-implantitis:
- Inflammation and swelling of the gums around the implants
- Receding gum line
- Pus discharge and bleeding from the infected gums
- Exposure/visibility of dental implant thread
- Loose implant
- Bone deterioration (soreness in the jaw)
- Swollen neck lymph nodes around the neck or armpits
If you’ve been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, don’t hesitate to call our San Jose office at (408) 253-4150, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible for an evaluation.
At Contemporary Dental Arts, we offer treatment options to prevent peri-implantitis from spreading.
When you receive your dental implants, the best thing you can do is keep up with good oral hygiene. This should include:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Rinse between meals
- Schedule biannual visits for checkups and dental cleanings with Dr. Pham
A strong focus on your oral hygiene routine may be recommended if your peri-implantitis is in a similar stage to gum disease’ gingivitis.
Another treatment option is a gum graft. If the infection has been left untreated for too long, this treatment can strengthen your gums in the surrounding receding areas. We also offer bone grafts to strengthen the affected deterred jawbone areas.
Get Your Treatment Today
Receive treatment for peri-implantitis to prevent it from spreading and weakening your dental implants and oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham at our San Jose office, contact us at (408) 253-4150. You can also fill out our online contact form and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.