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Peri-implantitis. To describe it, we first have to go back to “gingivitis” and “gum disease.” When gum inflammation and infection become aggressive, it leads to destruction of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. We call this condition “periodontal disease” or “periodontitis.” Left untreated, the chronic swelling and bone deterioration leads to tooth mobility and loss.

Peri-implantitis is the implant version of gum disease. And although preventable, it’s one of the most common causes of implant failure.

Like gum disease, peri-implantitis can lead to inflammation, redness, and bleeding around your dental implant. When that happens, it’s possible for a chain reaction of detachment to start taking place. Gum tissues pull back and then the bone that’s fused to the implant also starts to resorb (shrink).

Thankfully, peri-implantitis is preventable. The key is to treat your dental implants the same as you would your healthy, natural teeth.

Floss once per day. Wrap the floss around your implant and crown, sliding up and down to remove plaque along the margins of your gums.

Brush daily. Use a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste, taking care to remove heavier plaque buildup at the gumlines.

Use a water flosser. Clean between implants (and teeth) as well as just under the gums with a water flosser. It can reach further than your floss!

Schedule routine cleanings. Even if you don’t have any “real” teeth, your dental implants need professional cleanings too. Schedule a checkup with our implant specialists at least every six months.

With the right preventative care routine, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Call Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists to find out if implants are right for you!

Posted on behalf of Georgia Denture & Implant Specialist

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