If you develop peri-implantitis symptoms, don't hesitate to contact your dental professional to help resolve the infection and avoid implant failure. Peri-implantitis treatments vary depending on the person being treated, the type of implant, and the severity of the peri-implantitis, notes the journal Antibiotics.
Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages, so find out from your dental professional what's right for you. Some treatments can be most effective working in combination with other treatments.
Antibiotics: In pill form or placed directly on the infected area around the implant, antibiotics work be on moderate infections.
Mechanical Removal: Certain devices can remove bacterial plaque and restore the tissue. Devices used in this procedure include titanium brushes, dental curettes, and air-abrasive and ultrasonic devices.
Laser Therapy: A dental professional might choose to use laser therapy to destroy the bacteria around the implant.
Surgery: Perhaps the most effective way to treat peri-implantitis, surgical treatments vary. A couple of surgeries involve pulling back the gum tissue to create flaps for removing the plaque and bacteria. Another involves bone regeneration, which might include bone grafts.
After treatment, you can expect to have follow-up appointments throughout the following months. That way, your dental professional can track your healing progress and ensure the implant is stable.
A great choice for teeth replacement, dental implants let you live your life just as with natural teeth. But like your natural teeth, implants need proper care to prevent diseases such a peri-implantitis. Though treatments abound, prevention will serve you well – and keep you smiling.