DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE UP TO 98% EFFECTIVE, BUT LIFESTYLE HABITS or other problems COULD STILL PUT THEM AT RISK
Your dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but for this to happen, you should brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and maintain regular cleaning appointments just as you would with your natural teeth. Without proper care, your implants could be at risk of failure from peri-implantitis, a destructive inflammatory disease, like periodontal disease, that attacks supporting bone and gum tissue and could cause implant loss. Occasionally, peri-implantitis can develop from an improperly placed implant or other factors like poor bite, uncleanable bridge contours, insufficient gum coverage and excess cement. Peri-implantitis is characterized by swelling or inflammation, discomfort, pain or increasing visibility of the implant. Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all. If an implant or crown attached to an implant feels loose or wobbles, or your gum around your implant bleeds or is loose, you should seek professional care immediately.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT, SEEK TREATMENT
It is critical to get the treatment you need immediately if you notice any signs of peri-implantitis to save your dental implants from failing and protect your investment. Replacing your missing teeth is already an emotional journey, and learning your dental implants may be at risk can be stressful, so when you seek treatment, be sure to find a doctor with experience you can rely on. Drs. Jeffery Ganeles, Frederic Norkin, Samuel Zfaz, and Saynur Vardar are board-certified periodontists, and Liliana Aranguren, an American Academy of Periodontology member, are uniquely qualified to not only place dental implants, but to help you maintain them as well.