Just as gum disease is dangerous to the health of your natural teeth, it can also impact any dental implants that are replacing missing teeth. Oral disease that affects the area around an implant is called peri-implantitis and if left unchecked, can lead to the failure of the implant. Just like gum disease, peri-implantitis affects the hard and soft tissues surrounding a dental implant. This means your jawbone and gum tissue can begin to recede or deteriorate which then compromises the health of your implant. If an implant fails, it will need to be removed and then re-implanted after disease has been cleansed and bone restored—a time extensive and costly procedure. However, timely treatment of peri-implantitis in East Orange and Bloomfield, NJ can save your implant and preserve your oral health. At Irie Dental Associates, we offer both traditional peri-implantitis care and advanced laser care to get your smile back to optimal health.
Whenever you come in for a checkup or cleaning, our team will evaluate the health of your mouth. We can diagnose symptoms of the disease and if caught early, can reverse the effects with prompt treatment. If you notice any of the following symptoms at home, it is important to schedule an appointment at Irie Dental Associates as soon as possible to have us evaluate your health:
Traditional treatment for peri-implantitis is very similar to the cleansing of gum disease through osseous surgery. Our team will remove bacteria and plaque from around your implant, trim away infected gum tissue and reshape the jawbone to create a healthy overall environment for implant success. The healthy gum tissue will be sutured back around your cleaned implant and allowed to heal in its proper place. Patients take advantage of our sedation options to help them have a painless and anxiety-free treatment.
With laser treatment for peri-implantitis, the treatment is much more streamlined. A dental laser is used to eradicate infected gum tissue without harming healthy gums or bone. Small tools are used to scrape away bacteria below the gumline and the laser light promotes improved healing and clotting. There are no scalpels or sutures involved and most patients experience very little bleeding. With laser peri-implantitis care, results are nearly immediate and there is a drastically shorter treatment time.
As a full-scope dental home, we offer all levels of care for your dental implants and overall oral health. Dr. Ruth Parkin-Edwin is a board-certified periodontist with the education, training and skills necessary to preserve your health and save your implant investment. And with an all-inclusive approach to dentistry, you won’t have to worry about getting peri-implantitis treatment at one location, then seeing another doctor at another. This means you can get every step of your implant care and peri-implantitis treatment in one convenient location. Just schedule a consultation with our team and we will help you identify if you qualify for laser treatment or if traditional care is better for your needs.