Dental Implant Issues
An infection around the dental implant is known as peri-implantitis, and should be addressed immediately to prevent loss of the dental implant. This infection can come from a wide variety of sources, including:
- Improper implant procedures
- Implants placed in bone that was low-density
- Implant sites that have not been routinely cleaned
- Undiagnosed and/or untreated periodontal disease
- Conditions such as bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
- Constant use of tobacco products
When combined with proper, consistent at-home and in-office periodontal hygiene, LAPIP® can effectively stop progressive bone loss, gum inflammation, and more.
Treatment For Peri-Implantitis
After peri-implantitis has been diagnosed, Dr. Jirsa, Dr. Walker, and Dr. Katseanes will take the necessary steps to try to reduce the inflammation in the gums surrounding the tooth implant. These steps usually include deep cleaning in our dental office and the prescription of medications that you will need to take at home. You may also be asked to perform specific oral hygiene routines in the morning and at night.
If these techniques do not completely eliminate peri-implantitis, laser assisted peri-implantitis procedure (LAPIP®) may be advised. This technologically advanced solution uses lasers to deep clean and reshapes the area affected by peri-implantitis with the aim to protect and enhance your oral health. When combined with proper, consistent at-home and in-office periodontal hygiene, LAPIP® can effectively stop progressive bone loss, gum inflammation, and more.
Do You Have Peri-Implantitis
Although there are some common signs of peri-implantitis, such as bleeding gums and dull aching where the implant is located, many patients do not experience any symptoms until the condition has progressed to the point where the dental implant must be removed. Regular visits at Prescott Periodontics & Implant Dentistry include evaluations for peri-implantitis, so if you are following a good maintenance schedule, peri-implantitis will be caught early.
Keeping Your Implant Clean After LAPIP®
It is essential for you to keep your regular appointments at Prescott Periodontics and Implant Dentistry as well as your general dentist after LAPIP®. Additionally, you must be committed to maintaining a constant, stable oral hygiene routine at home. This will reduce the chances of the development of peri-implantitis again.
If you are interested in peri-implantitis treatments, you can contact us at Prescott Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to find out more and to schedule an appointment.