Investing in dental implants is a highly predictable and successful option for replacing your missing teeth. In fact. multiple studies demonstrate a 94-96% long-term success rate. While dental implants are predictable, a small percentage of patients will have issues or concerns that need to be addressed. In most cases of implant complication, peri-implantitis (an infection surrounding an implant) is to blame.
To prevent infection or gum problems around your new dental implants, it’s vital to care for them as if they were natural teeth. This includes daily brushing and flossing as well as regularly scheduled cleanings with your hygienist or periodontist. Other factors that can contribute to implant failure would include a poorly fitting restoration, smoking and poorly controlled diabetes.
Because the causes behind implant complications can range from compromised healing or overload to active infection, treating them is just as unique. We always start with a consultation to accurately diagnose your concern and then develop a treatment plan.
Dr. Paul Kazmer is one of Cary, NC’s most experienced implant specialists, often providing treatments to patients referred to us by other dentists in the area. If the implant requires a bone graft or can be treated with a soft tissue laser to eliminate infectious tissues, Dr. Kazmer will do everything within his power to ensure that your smile can be saved. If an implant fails, he is skilled at removal, if necessary.
Peri-implantitis is a soft tissue infection surrounding a dental implant and is the leading cause of failing dental implants. Similar to periodontal disease (gum disease that affects natural teeth,) peri-implantitis is a condition that causes redness, swelling, and bone loss in the affected area of your mouth directly around an implant. As such, it can lead to implant failure. Dr. Kazmer provides both traditional and laser treatments, backed by the experience necessary to save your implants if possible.
Periodontists like Dr. Kazmer have additional training and resources available to prevent tooth and implant loss. As a specialist with nearly 20 years of experience, Dr. Kazmer provides advanced implant and peri-implantitis therapies, even for individuals that did not have their implants placed in our office. If you’re experiencing infection around your dental implants, have noticed that your implants feel loose, or there is chronic swelling, contact our practice immediately.