Implants are susceptible to periodontal disease. When an implant gets periodontal disease it is called peri-implantitis. The bacteria found around implants with infections are very similar to those found around teeth with periodontal disease. Peri-implantitis is amenable to treatment. Much like periodontitis, the earlier peri-implantitis it is caught, the more predictable the outcome of treatment. Signs of peri-implantitis might include suppuration (pus), red, bleeding or swollen gums. These signs are not always evident, much like periodontal disease, peri-implantitis usually does not hurt.
Treatment of peri-implantitis
Treatment is aimed at removing the bacteria in the pocket around the implant. The implant surface is decontaminated, and bone regeneration may be attempted. Anti-microbial therapy is an imporant part of treatment. The occlusion may also be a factor, and may need an adjustment. Lasers may also be used to treat peri-implantitis.
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