As specialists in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we at Elite Dental Arts in Midtown have successfully placed hundreds of implants. These restorative devices can be designed to carry a load of a single artificial crown or to help support a denture. Lots of peoples’ lives have been significantly improved by them, but like natural teeth, it is important to care for them or they may be damaged. In this week’s blog post, we wanted to ensure patients understand the danger of peri-implantitis.
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is an unfortunately common ailment. It is usually the result of bacterial infections in the gum pocket, where bacteria consume food debris and produce acid that sticks to teeth. “Peri-implantitis” is the term dentists use to describe inflammation around implants, and while inflammation could be due to leaking dental cement or a rheumatic disorder, it is also usually caused by bacteria.
When infections become severe enough, they can cause gum recession and bone tissue loss. After patients get implants, dentists carefully monitor their bone mass, and if too much jaw tissue is lost, the implant has to be removed. However, despite the frequency of gum inflammation, implants are overwhelmingly successful. If patients come to us quickly after noticing signs of gum disease such as bleeding and redness, we can almost always save their implants.
To schedule an appointment, call 212-681-0939.
Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017