While dental implants have a 98 percent success rate, that other two percent means that under certain circumstances they can fail. The source of the problem is rarely the implant itself, as the embedded post is made of strong, biocompatible titanium, but instead lies in the surrounding tissues. With peri-implantitis, the gums around the base of the dental implants become inflamed and infected. Deep pockets may develop in these areas. This can cause the implants to loosen, become misaligned, and eventually fall out. Without tooth roots to keep it strong, the bone underneath can also begin to deteriorate. Replacing dental implants can be a costly and uncomfortable process. Therefore, it’s critical for you to seek treatment to sanitize or remove diseased tissue at the very first signs of peri-implantitis to prevent implant failure.
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Jack O’Neill is exceptionally trained and experienced in treating dental implant and soft tissue-related conditions. He can help you safeguard your implant investment through effective treatment here in our Shreveport, LA office. He begins with a comprehensive, deep cleaning of the area to remove all bacteria hiding beneath the gums. This is followed by removal of all the affected tissues. After this, Dr. O’Neill can restore any missing soft tissue or bone through grafting procedures, returning your mouth to its whole, healthy condition.
Protect your investment! Making the extra effort is well worth it. As dental implant replacement surgery involves added procedures and related costs, it’s especially important that you maintain your oral health to prevent peri-implantitis. Brush and floss your teeth as recommended, visit your primary dentist for routine checkups and cleanings, and complete all recommended treatments if you become at risk for peri-implantitis. By following these commonsense steps, you can continue to enjoy the benefits of a strong, healthy, and eye-catching smile for a lifetime!