Dental implants—the most natural-looking and durable tooth replacement option currently available—are made to last a lifetime if given proper care. However, some habits and other factors can cause them to fail. For instance, if you have poor dental hygiene, use any kind of tobacco or grind your teeth (bruxism), you are at a much higher risk for failing dental implants. Systemic health problems can also contribute to dental implant failure. Known as peri-implantitis, dental implant failure is characterized by gum inflammation and the loss of bone surrounding the dental implant post. Left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to complete failure with all of your dental implants falling out and you losing a sizeable portion of the jawbone underneath. Don’t allow your new smile investment to fail—contact us in our Wantagh, NY office at the first indication of peri-implantitis.
With experience in dental implants dating back to 1986 and well over 10,000 placements, our doctors know how to treat any conditions connected with them, including peri-implantitis. Our practice has three board-certified periodontists—a rare advantage among Long Island practices. Each has undergone additional years of periodontal specialty education beyond dental school, including implantology, surgery, dentistry, medicine, microbiology, and soft and hard tissue (gum and bone) physiology. The comprehensive dental implant knowledge you want in a periodontist is exemplified by our distinguished team.
The first step in treating your peri-implantitis is clearing away all traces of bacteria from the problem areas. If you have a particularly advanced stage of peri-implantitis, we attempt to save the dental implant by undertaking a more complex level of treatment. For this we do a comprehensive cleaning and removal of bacteria below the gumline, then actually remove the diseased or inflamed tissues. If you’ve lost bone around the implant, we can stabilize the implant through bone grafting. After treatment, we recommend that you have recurring maintenance appointments to keep the peri-implantitis from returning.
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