Beacon Woods Family Dentistry cautions patients to pay attention to dental implants to avoid peri-implantitis
Of the 30 million Americans missing teeth in one or both jaws, the number of patients turning to dental implants continues to increase. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3+ million currently have implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 per year. The dental implant procedure success rate and preserved smile outcome continue to make this a popular treatment choice for those missing key teeth.
However, with the rise in implants comes the growth in cases of peri-implantitis. Not unlike gum disease around natural teeth, peri-implantitis disease affects the gums and tissues around dental implants. Whether the cause be less than perfect oral hygiene habits or a fear to clean extensively around the implant itself, action must be taken as soon as any odd symptoms are noticed so that damage to the gums, damage to the bone, gum recession, loss of bone or potential loss of the implant itself does not occur.
There has been an increase of dental implant patients with periodontal disease symptoms such as inflammation and bleeding. Unfortunately, many people choose to wait instead of addressing the problem early, leading to more severe gum disease consequences and often the loss of the dental implant itself. As soon as any symptoms are noticed, seeing an experienced dental professional is crucial to the outcome. Gum disease has been linked to several very serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke as well as cancer.
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