What is Peri-implantitis? | Marysville WA Dentist
What is Peri-implantitis?

Marysville, WA Dentist Helps Prevent Implant Failure

Peri-implantitis occurs when a dental implant is no longer successful or has to come out due to plaque buildup around the implant that causes an infection. The implant has to be removed in these cases.
 
Out of 3 million people with dental implants, 10%, or 300,000, of those implants fail. This can be extremely frustrating for patients because getting dental implants is both costly and time consuming. Dentists have been looking for a solution for years, but so far, the percentage of implant failure has been consistent over the past several years. With 500,000 new dental implant procedures being done annually, patients are hopeful that a permanent solution with better rates of success will be on the market soon. 
 
Reasons for Implant Failure
 
Peri-implantitis is the most common reason for implant failure however, implants can fail due to faulty or defective parts, or surgeon mistake. Sometimes, surgeons are unable to connect the bone and implant correctly. When an implant fails, surgery is required for removal. 
 
How to Avoid Implant Failure
 
One of the most obvious ways to reduce or avoid implant failure is to ensure that you are brushing and flossing. Just because the implant isn't natural, does not mean that you don't have to take care of it just as you would a real tooth. Even with implants you are still susceptible to gum disease and infection. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is a great way to avoid implant failure. 
 
Patients can also talk to their dentist about Nanocoating. This material is made of titanium, silver, and hydroxyapatite and when applied to an implant, can eliminate the risk of implant failure and peri-implantitis. Biofilm is repelled from the surface of your teeth when you have nanocoating. Healing of the gums and bone has also shown be quicker when nanocoating is applied as part of the procedure. 
 
Avoiding dental implant failure will save you a lot of time and money. Everyone would love to avoid the dental chair as much as possible. If you have dental implants, make sure you are going to your twice annual cleanings and talk to your Maysville, WA dentist about your risk for peri-implantitis.