Peri-implantitis (Inflammation in the peri-implant mucosa together with progressive loss of supporting bone)

Peri-implantitis is a hot topic in implant dentistry nowadays. Some estimates report as many as 1 in 10 implants experiencing peri-implantitis. Dental implants have clearly transformed how we go about treatment planning our patients. Modern planning is more open to extractions as a treatment option now that we have a simple, predictable and reliable tooth replacement alternative. Long-term success rates for dental implants have been shown to be excellent in many studies. If peri-implantitis substantially reduces those success rates, we will need to rethink our treatment strategies with important consequences for both completed and future patients.

So what causes Peri-implantitis? We can divide the causes into patient associated and implant-associated. Under patient causes, we include all the factors for Periodontitis including Genetics; Diabetes; Smoking and of course Dental Plaque. A good history and control where possible of these factors will improve implant success rates and...

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The Dangers of Dental Implants Without Effective Treatment Planning

Dental implants are becoming a desirable alternative to traditional periodontal treatment. Patients see them as a viable, attractive solution to improve their smiles quickly and dentists can charge high fees. But, do we understand the dangers of dental implants without effective treatment planning?

 

While generally safe and effective, dental implants can be more problematic for certain patients if diagnosis and treatment plans are ignored.

 

As a result, patients are ultimately the ones who suffer from an ineffective dental implants process. It’s largely up to dentists to prevent their negative effects. Below we'll be looking at some of the dangers of a poor dental implants procedure.

Dental Implants in a Compromised Periodontium

As all periodontists already know, dental implants have been hailed as a solution for tooth loss. But patients experiencing tooth loss from periodontal disease may be at greater risk for implant failure if the underlying periodontal...

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