One of the risk factors of dental implants is peri-implantitis, an inflammatory disease. However, it is mostly preventable, an one of the leading causes of this condition is gum disease. Therefore, it is important to get gum disease treatment before and after you have a dental implant to reduce your risk of suffering from this inflammatory disease. That is why Dr. Van Scoyoc ensures that all of our patients understand the importance of good oral health in the longevity of their treatment success.
What Is Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-implantitis is the name for inflammation of the soft tissue and bone in the gum surrounding the dental implant. This inflammation might lead to deterioration of the bone, which in turn might impact the stability of the implant. The signs include:
These symptoms are centered on the area around the implant.
How Is It Connected to Gum Disease?
There are many similarities between gum disease and this inflammatory condition. The same bacteria that contribute to gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause the inflammation connected with peri-implantitis. Some of the signs and symptoms are similar to that of gum disease, but in peri-implantitis, it is localized to the area of the implant. Those who have preexisting periodontal disease prior to the implantation are at a greater risk.
Maintaining your gum disease treatment and regular visits with your periodontist in Southern Pines, NC, can catch the early signs of the disease and prevent the inflammation from causing damage. It is also important to maintain good oral health, including regular brushing and flossing of your teeth.
Contact Us to Learn More
Schedule an appointment with our periodontist in Southern Pines, NC, today to get screened for your risk of gum disease and/or peri-implantitis. We will review your case and determine the best prevention plan for you.