If you have had dental implants, you already understand how important it is to protect your teeth and your gums as well as the tissues surrounding your dental implants. Nowadays, dental implants are the most viable standard for tooth replacement in dentistry, but they don’t come cheap, therefore protecting them from harmful bacteria and other dangers, can help them last for many years.
Dental implants in Harley Street will remain effective as long as you take good care of them at home and visit your dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic regularly.
Dental implants are resistant to tooth decay because their visible parts are made of synthetic materials (as opposed to the enamel of your natural teeth). However, they are not impervious to gum disease and more specifically, peri-implantitis, a type of gum infection that affects the tissues surrounding your dental implants.
Peri-implantitis is a very serious infection that could even lead to implant loss, but luckily it can be diagnosed and treated successfully at an early stage.
What is peri-implantitis?
Peri-implantitis is an inflammation of the soft tissues around a dental implant. It’s very similar to periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and is equally caused by bacteria surviving off the plaque in your mouth. Effective hygiene can prevent peri-implantitis, but it is not enough. Patients who are at risk of developing this infection should also see their dentist on a regular basis for check-ups and cleanings. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to implant loss and other oral problems.
Is it possible to prevent peri-implantitis?
Peri-implantitis is highly preventable and there are several things you can do to ensure that your dental implants in Harley Street remain healthy. Firstly, it is important to choose an experienced and skilled implant dentist. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we provide high-quality dental implants and our dentists are trained to the latest standards. A knowledgeable dentist will diagnose any signs of peri-implantitis before it become a major problem. Secondly, it is really important to practise meticulous oral care at home. Last but not least, always follow your dentist’s instructions and visit them for regular dental check-ups, even if you seemingly don’t have any problems.