The Effects of Peri-Implantitis
Peri-implantitis is a destructive condition that affects the hard and soft tissues that surround a dental implant. When bacteria is left untreated, it can infect the gum tissue and cause the gums to pull away from the implant itself, exposing the implant post. Additionally, the disease destroys the jaw bone that holds the implant in place. Without taking care of peri-implantitis, you risk losing the dental implant and having the infection spread to surrounding areas. We offer treatment for peri-implantitis and can remove the infection both surgically and with minimally invasive dental lasers in order to save your implant investment and overall oral health.
Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis
- Red, inflamed gums
- Exposed dental implant post
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Loose dental implant
- Bad breath (halitosis)
Time-Tested and Innovative Treatment Options
We treat peri-implantitis both surgically and non-surgically in order to save your failing dental implants. Our surgical treatment involves removing the infected gum tissue and a deep cleaning of the bacteria around the implant post. We will then reshape your jaw bone in order to ensure there is adequate bone volume to support the implant. The healthy gum tissue will be reattached to the implant post and sutured in place. For those interested in a less invasive method of peri-implantitis treatment, we offer laser treatment with a state-of-the-art dental laser. Laser therapy through the REPAIR Implant™ protocol allows us to gently remove infected gum tissue without the need of scalpels or sutures. The laser also stimulates the jaw bone for regrowth and encourages blood clots for improved healing.
Trust in Our Implant Specialists
At Affiliated Periodontists of North Jersey, our doctors always treatment plan for long-term results. We can advise you on the state of your dental implants and if surgical treatment or laser treatment will be best to save your dental implants. Drs. Robert and Michael Jaffin and Akshay Kumar are Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology and founding members of the Academy of Osseointegration.