Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons & Denture Specialists located in Torrance, CA

Dental implants offer many benefits, including more confidence and keeping your jawbone healthy and strong. However, you can develop an infection, referred to as peri-implantitis, following the placement of an implant, which may lead to bone loss. Our experienced dental implant team, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, at PermaDent® Dental Implant Center in Torrance, California, provides treatment for peri-implantitis, including saving infected implants or removal of the dental implant if needed. If you have concerns about an infection following your implant procedure, call our office today.

Periimplantitis Q & A

What is peri-implantitis?

Peri-implantitis refers to an infection that surrounds a dental implant. The infection may occur if bacteria finds its way into your implant or post-surgical hygiene instructions were not followed as directed. 

Cement used to secure your crown to your dental implant can also lead to peri-implantitis if the cement reaches your gum. Other potential risk factors that may lead to a dental implant infection include:

  • Smoking
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Poorly controlled diabetes

You may also be at risk of peri-implantitis if you have a history of periodontitis and you haven’t been taking care of your gums as directed.

What are the symptoms of peri-implantitis?

Peri-implantitis doesn’t always cause symptoms. However, with the infection, you may experience:

  • A dull ache when brushing your teeth
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • A loose implant
  • Gum inflammation

You may also experience bleeding gums and notice pus around the site of your implant. Severe pain is very rare with peri-implantitis.

How is peri-implantitis diagnosed?

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, our experienced team specializes in peri-implantitis and can diagnose if your symptoms are due to the infection after a comprehensive evaluation. 

During the evaluation, we review in detail your medical history, oral health, surgical history, and your symptoms. We then examine your mouth and implant. 

To assess for bone loss surrounding your implant, we conduct diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or CT scan. 

How is peri-implantitis treated?

Treatment for peri-implantitis depends on the severity of your infection. We may first take a conservative approach to care, which may include cleaning the area around the implant and applying an antimicrobial agent.

We also talk to you about proper at-home hygiene techniques to support the resolution of the infection.

If conservative measures fail to improve your peri-implantitis, you may need surgery. This may include surgically disinfecting the dental implant and reconstructing the tissue with a flap to support tissue regeneration. Antibiotics are also given.

If your peri-implantitis has caused significant bone loss, then we may need to remove the implant. Following implant removal and sufficient healing time, we can oftentimes make another attempt with an implant or discuss other dental options to restore your smile, such as a denture or bridge. 

You may not be expecting an infection after getting dental implants, but it’s a possibility and requires immediate care. Our dental implant experts specialize in peri-implantitis and can provide the care you need. 

To schedule a consultation, call us at PermaDent Dental Implant Center or request an appointment online today.