Keeping an eye out for signs of peri-implantitis

What is peri-implantitis?

Peri-implantitis is the name given to a process that affects all of the tissues near someone’s dental implants.

This causes an inflammation of soft tissues and the hard tissue to be lost over time.

While it is common for dental implants to be immune to dental infections, the surrounding tissues can still be subject to infection.

The symptoms

The main symptoms that someone may have peri-implantitis include:

  • Noticing any bleeding or pus around the mouth
  • Experiencing a fever
  • Having throbbing pain, redness and swelling in the gum area
  • The implant having a loose feeling
  • Issues chewing your food
  • Noticeable bad breath

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Once you notice a symptom after having a dental implant procedure, you must see a dentist immediately so you can be treated.

The causes

Several causes can lead to a patient developing peri-implantitis.

The common factors include:

  • Having bad oral hygiene
  • Getting a poor-fitting crown
  • A loose screw on the crown
  • Incorrect implant design or position
  • Extra cement that was not removed from the fitting of the crown

Another reason why a patient developed peri-implantitis may also be due to getting an implant from an unqualified place.

When implants are not done properly, it increases their chance of getting an infection after the procedure.

Because implants do not adhere to the gums as well as normal teeth, the risk of irritation and, ultimately, peri-implantitis is significantly higher.

Since the gum around the implant is loose, dangerous germs can nest in the gum more easily.

There are also several risk factors associated with developing peri-implantitis.

  • Smoking
  • Periodontitis
  • Diabetes

You can treat peri-implantitis more effectively by contacting your dentist once you notice the signs of an infection.

It may be possible that it occurred accidentally rather than it being a deliberate sign of wrongdoing from an unqualified dentist.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the signs, and report them to your dentist!