While the success rate of dental implants is high, there are some situations where a dental implant can fail. One of the most common reasons for failing dental implants is an infection that develops around the base of the implant. This is called peri-implantitis, a condition that is very similar to periodontal disease that can destroy soft tissue and cause complete dental implant failure. Our team can treat peri-implantitis in Brownstown, MI, and has extensive experience working on all types of implant dentistry cases.
Just like gum disease, peri-implantitis is a progressive condition that destroys both soft tissue and bone tissue as the infection spreads. It is often characterized by pain or discomfort, swelling, loose implants, pus, gum recession. Taking steps to maintain proper oral hygiene and reduce the risk of an infection are essential for patients with dental implants. If there has not been too much bone loss and the problem has been caught early, we can save the implant, restore the health of surrounding gum tissue and prevent failing dental implants.
Since peri-implantitis is an infectious disease, we need to take every step we can to control the inflammation and infection before it spreads. Patients with a history of gum disease, or periodontal disease, that get dental implants need to take extra steps to address any signs of infection as soon as possible to prevent failing dental implants.
Dr. Hanson uses the latest technologies and techniques to treat peri-implantitis to eliminate the need to replace the dental implant. He may use ultrasonics and polishing tools to help clear the infected tissue or perform a modified bone grafting procedure around the areas with bone loss to strengthen the foundation and thicken the gum tissue. He will do everything he can to save the implant so the patient doesn’t need to undergo another dental implant surgery to replace the entire implant.