Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inflammation and Implants

We’re proud of the work we do at Bensalem Family Dentistry installing implants. When placed and cared for properly, endosteal implants are lifelong solutions to missing teeth and strengthen patients’ jaw bones. However, implants do sometimes fail, and the most common reason for this is inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the screw or abutment. We call this peri-implantitis.

Inflammation is a sign of a bigger problem. Sometimes it is due to dental cement leaking from under an artificial crown and irritating gum tissue. But usually, it is plain old gingivitis, the inflammation of gum tissue due to infection. When the infection is allowed to progress into periodontal disease, the implant screw can become corroded, and the bone matrix which makes up the crucial fusion between metal and bone may weaken and break. In such cases, the implant would have to be removed, and a new one cannot be able to be placed until after the infection is taken care of.

It would be extremely upsetting for an implant to fail after all a patient underwent to get it. Therefore, maintaining oral hygiene is extremely important. Patients who do notice signs of inflammation near an implant should not hesitate to schedule a deep cleaning.
Dr. Michael Eisenbrock runs Bensalem Family Dentistry at 3554 Hulmeville Road, Suite 111, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 19020. To schedule an appointment, call 215-874-4042 or visit BensalemDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


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