Protect Yourself From Peri-Implantitis

Millions of people suffer from tooth loss, and many choose dental implants in Falls Church, VA, to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants are the most natural-looking treatment option, and you care for them the way you do your natural teeth. Unfortunately, some people will develop a condition called peri-implantitis. If this condition is caught early, Dr. Mehrdad Favagehi and Dr. Lourdes Ann Christopher of Falls Church Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery can help.

What Causes Peri-Implantitis?

This condition is caused by bacteria that form in the gums around the implant. If the condition isn't caught early, it can affect the healthy gums and teeth around the implant. The three most common causes of peri-implantitis include:

  • Poor dental hygiene: Poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of peri-implantitis. Without proper oral care, food and bacteria can build up around the dental implant and the gum line. If you aren't brushing and flossing regularly, the food and bacteria can cause this condition. If you are a smoker, drink alcohol, or use drugs, your condition will worsen quickly.

  • Habits: Certain habits can increase your chance of developing peri-implantitis. Nail-biting is one of the most common causes. This condition can also occur if you grind your teeth while you sleep or have a nervous tick.

  • Compromised immune system: Diseases that compromise your immune systems, such as diabetes or other systemic illnesses, can result in peri-implantitis.

What Are the Symptoms Of Peri-Implantitis?

It is essential that you can recognize the signs of peri-implantitis so you can begin treatment right away. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • Redness, swelling, and inflammation of the gum tissue around the implant.

  • Pain in the gum tissue around the implant.

  • Exposure of the implant threads.

  • Receding gum line.

  • Puss or fluid draining from the gums around the implant.

  • Bleeding gums

  • Loosening of the implant

  • Bone deterioration that causes soreness in the jaw

  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes in the neck and armpits.

How Can You Prevent Peri-Implantitis Treated?

The best way to prevent this condition is to brush and floss regularly. In addition, having your teeth cleaned every six months is essential. If you are a smoker, drinker, or use drugs, quitting now can help prevent peri-implantitis. Finally, if you have a condition that can compromise your immune system, take your medication as prescribed and keep all appointments with your primary care physician.

If you had a dental implant placed in Falls Church, VA, and are experiencing the symptoms of peri-implantitis, Dr. Favagehi and Dr. Christopher can help. They will inspect the implant to determine the amount of damage and create a treatment plan to save the implant. If the implant cannot be saved, a bone graft will be necessary to replace the damaged bone. 

To schedule an appointment, call (703) 237-3700.

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