Bone Loss Problems Around An Implant | Periodontal Problems with Implants
Bleeding gums around an implant are a sign of inflammation, most often caused by bacteria. While this inflammation is initially confined to the gums, if left untreated or not treated properly, it can progress into the bone surrounding the implant causing it to dissolve, subsequently jeopardizing the stability of the implant. If the bone loss progresses to the point where the implant becomes mobile, the implant is considered to have failed and it and the restoration above it will be lost. This disease is called peri-implant disease or peri-implantitis.
Studies have found that the success rate for today’s dental implants is as high as 98 percent, with no or little discernable bone loss.
In the hands of a properly trained and skilled specialized dentist they are a safe, predictable and most often preferred alternative to old-fashioned bridges and dentures.
The members of the SDNY team are aware of the importance of monitoring all of our patient’s implants for the early signs of peri-implant disease. Additionally, we’ve developed new treatment protocols for the treatment of more advanced peri-implantitis. We’ve been successful at arresting the progression of the disease, and in many situations, have been able to actually grow back the bone that’s been lost.