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Early Signs Of Peri-Implantitis

Dental implantation is one of those procedures were the room for error is so minimal that the procedure is very safe if it can be performed at all. Since only healthy jaw bones and gums can receive the dental implant, there is very little room for any type of infection. The thing to worry about with dental implants is the eventual contraction of peri-implantitis, a condition that means that the gums and alveolar tissue around the dental implant starts to disintegrate and disappear. Once this happens, problems are likely to occur, as the dental implant will move around and damage the deeper tissues, and will eventually lead to dental implant failure, and possibly loss of more teeth along the way.

Causes

There are two forms of peri-implantitis. They can be dubbed biological and mechanical. In both cases the problem is that there is some sort of border, boundary or space between the dental implant and the tissue that it is placed in. 

In the biological scenario, the space between the dental implant and the tissue itself contracts some sort of bacterial life. This way the tissue becomes infected, and starts to regress and disintegrate. This way, the dental implant can move around, and will eventually fail. 

The other scenario is mechanical. This means that the same small tiny space between the tissue and the dental implant exists, and because of this, small micro-movements occur when chewing or talking, and this causes the loss of tissue through friction. Basically, the loose dental implants wears away the alveolar tissue and even some of the hard tissue as well. This way the dental implant becomes looser and looser until finally it fails altogether. 

How To Spot The Problem

Spotting this problem early on is vitally important, and if your dental implant was unsuccessful, then minimizing damage is the name of the game. In the early stages of peri-implantitis, nothing too drastic should be expected, your dental implant will move around very slightly, and may not even be noticeable at all at first. What you should look out for is a scratching feeling, or a feeling of instability. The dental implant should not move at all in any direction at all, it should feel like it is a part of your jawbone. If you feel any differently, you should contact your implantologist immediately, and have them take a look at the implantation site.