Treatment of failing Implant

The main problems around implants come from gum disease. These can be resolved with the right treatment provided it is delivered early enough.

Treatment of failing Implant
The main problems affecting dental implants come from gum disease.

Gum disease around implants is known as Peri-implantitis and is caused by the build up of plaque bacteria. Peri-implantitis is characterized by a loss of bone around the implants.

As it progresses the bone support around an implant will break down until eventually the implant will need to be removed due to recurrent infection.
Can it be Treated?
Gum disease around implants can be treated provided the bone loss has not progressed too far.
Initially the gum inflammation is treated with cleaning of the implant and advice given in regard to targeting the oral hygiene to the affected areas. See also the section on Implant Care.
Repair of the bone defect can then proceed. This is carried out with a localized surgical procedure to remove all the inflamed tissue and usually to graft the bone defect that has developed around the implant.
Sometimes the crown on the implant is removed and the implant is left buried for 6 months for optimal healing. The same crown is then re-fitted on the implant.
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