Catherine: Failing Dental Implants Patient
What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?
If you have dental implants, you may have heard the term “peri-implantitis,” or 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 end in failing dental 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. There are a number of other reasons for failing dental implants so 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.
Treatment with Noninvasive Laser Dentistry
Peri-implantitis is generally the result of incorrect maintenance and poor oral hygiene habits. Depending on the level of severity of peri-implantitis or the cause of a failing dental implant, different treatment measures can be taken to save it. If more than a thorough cleaning of the area is required, in the case of damaged bone, we will remove the infected gum tissue, clean all areas of disease, then 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. We use minimally-invasive laser technology to treat peri-implantitis quickly and effectively, without causing additional harm to surrounding healthy gums and to help regenerate new bone growth to the area.
Signs of failing dental implants, include:
- Red, inflamed gum tissue
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Bone loss
- Gum recession
- Deepening periodontal pockets
- Dental implant mobility
- Pain or discomfort
Specialized, Certified Laser Periodontal Care
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 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 treating peri-implantitis.