Dental Implant Complications - Canandaigua, NY

Potential Dental Implant Complications

Failure Is Rare, But Possible

Dental implants are made to last the lifetime of the patient; in fact, 98 percent of implants placed do just that. Failing dental implants are extremely rare but are still possible. One of the most common causes of failure is peri-implantitis, a condition in which the tissues surrounding the implant post become swollen and infected. This can lead to deep pockets forming around the dental implants, eventually causing them to loosen as jawbone tissue begins deteriorating, fall out of alignment, and even fall out altogether. Poor dental hygiene is also a common culprit behind failing dental implants. Improper placement is another, though our guided implant surgery technology and the extensive dental implant expertise of Dr. Germain Jean-Charles makes this scenario highly unlikely.

Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis

  • Loose dental implants
  • Receding gums
  • Pockets around gums
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding
  • Gum tenderness

Treating Peri-Implantitis Is Our Job

The good news is that we can remedy these dental implant complications and get you back to optimal dental health. Drs. Charles treates your peri-implantitis by first clearing away all bacteria from the infected areas. For very advanced stages of the disease, they attempt to save the dental implant by performing more complex procedures including a comprehensive cleaning and removal of bacteria below the gums, followed by excision of the affected tissues. All of this can be achieved with laser technology, which means a more precise procedure with less bleeding and quicker healing—and no scalpels or sutures! If bone loss has occurred at the base of the implant, we can stabilize it by rebuilding the bone through bone grafting. Once the surgical sites have healed, we strongly recommend that you return to our Canandaigua, NY office regularly for preventive maintenance appointments—typically once every three months.

Preventing Peri-Implantitis Is Up to You

Like most dental health issues, peri-implantitis can be prevented. Considering the potential risk to your dental implants and the tremendous quality of life that they offer, you certainly should take good care of your investment. Do so by practicing good dental health habits—brush and floss as recommended by your doctor and come for regular teeth cleanings and checkups here in our office. Following these guidelines, you’ll increase your chances of avoiding peri-implantitis and enjoying the benefits of your dental implants for many years.

Protect your dental implant investment!

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