Save Your Implants With Debridement SurgeryTreat peri-implantitis and preserve your implants.
With the right care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. But what happens if your implant gets infected and starts to fail? Using debridement and other surgical techniques, North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry can help you return your dental implants to full health.
What causes implants to fail?
Just like your natural teeth and gums, implants require daily maintenance. Without regular brushing and flossing, plaque will surround the implant and harden into a thick material that your toothbrush cannot remove. Eventually, the gum tissue around the implant will get infected, eating away at gum and bone, just like regular gum disease. This infection is called peri-implantitis. If left untreated, the bone that supports your implant will recede to the point that your implant will become loose and even fall out.
What is Implant Debridement Surgery?
Also called “implant rescue surgery,” implant debridement surgery uses special tools to clean the plaque around your implant, both from above and below your gumline, as well as the screw that your implant is connected to. This will also remove harmful bacteria that eat away at your gums and bone.
If necessary, the dentist will also apply antibiotics, as well as bone grafting or membrane material to strengthen the area around the implant. After the surgery, your dentist and hygienist will monitor your gum’s healing process and make further treatment recommendations.
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Keep Your Smile Healthy and Strong
For most dental implant patients, peri-implantitis will not be an issue. But if you experience any symptoms of infection, it’s important that you make an appointment right away. The sooner your dental team can detect and treat an infection, the better your chances are of keeping your implants for the long term.
Infection symptoms include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Pain or fever
- Bleeding or pus in the gums around the implant
- Difficulty chewing
- Implant post showing above the gums
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