Just as teeth, implants can also develop gum disease. This is called Peri-Implantitis and it affects the bone and gum that holds the implant in place.

In order to prevent it, it is essential that gum disease around the rest of the teeth in the mouth is well controlled before the implants are placed. Maintaining good oral hygiene at home and regular professional hygiene visits will also be crucial in preventing problems. However, even then peri-implantitis can still happen as bacteria can do more damage around the tissues and threads of an implant then around the tissues and root of a tooth.

If you notice bleeding around the area of the implants, you have difficulty cleaning your implants, you canĀ“t differentiate where exactly the implants are placed within a bridge, you smoke, or if your implants were placed more that 5 years ago, you should consider having a periodontal visit to make sure that your dental implants are free of gum infection.

If you have any gum infection around the implants it is best to treat it sooner rather than later in order to prevent future bone loss, as the more bone loss there is, the more difficult it is to stop it from progressing.