If you have dental implants, you may have heard the term “peri-implantitis,” a disease of gum and bone tissue surrounding a dental implant. This condition, which begins with irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue, is the leading cause of implant failure and can lead to the loss of supporting bone and failing dental implants.
What are failing implants?
Much like gum disease, peri-implantitis destroys gum tissue and bone, and can eventually cause dental implants to no longer function properly, increasing their risk of failure. A proper evaluation and treatment by our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Jin Eslami, is necessary so that dental implants and the surrounding hard and soft tissue can be saved and restored.
What causes dental implants to fail?
Peri-implantitis is generally the result of incorrect maintenance and poor oral hygiene habits. However, failing implants can be treated and restored.
How are failing dental implants treated?
Depending on the level of severity of peri-implantitis or the cause of a failing dental implant, different treatment measures can be taken.
- In minor cases, nothing more than a thorough cleaning of the area is required
- In the case of damaged bone, we use minimally-invasive laser technology, without causing additional harm to surrounding healthy gums, to treat peri-implantitis quickly and effectively, and to help regenerate new bone growth to the area. We remove the infected gum tissue, clean all areas of disease, and perform a bone grafting procedure to build up bone around the dental implant post. Once fully integrated, this new bone tissue can help re-stabilize the dental implant and save it from failing.
- When more in-depth care is required, a dental laser regenerates both soft tissue and bone. Our doctors implement this painless and precise procedure to deliver the highest level of care.
Dr. Eslami can provide you with more information and help guide you to the most effective dental implant saving treatment for you. Call us today to schedule a consultation! Orange County Oral Surgery and Periodontics Phone Number 949-888-0332
How do I know if my implants are failing?
Some signs include:
- Red, inflamed gum tissue
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Bone loss
- Gum recession
- Deepening periodontal pockets
- Dental implant mobility
- Pain or discomfort
How do dental implants affect my appearance?
Our doctors at Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics take extra care when it comes to providing fully functional restorations that are in the “esthetic zone.” We understand the vital role esthetics play in our lives and strive to adhere to all clinical protocols, ensuring precision in our procedures and meticulous treatment planning. This has proven to lead to optimal results and beautiful, natural, long-lasting smiles.
How do I know I’m getting the best care for my failing implants?
You are in good hands with us! Advanced laser dentistry requires that dental professionals receive training in dental laser protocols and techniques before becoming certified to provide care. Dr. Jin Eslami, our board-certified periodontist, has passed this rigorous advanced training and is experienced in providing care using minimally-invasive laser technology as well. As a periodontist, Dr. Eslami is specialized in treating problems with both hard and soft tissue, in addition to having advanced knowledge of dental implants, their placement, and the treatment of peri-implantitis.