Knowing is Half the Battle: Know the Signs of Peri-implantitis
Researchers in Germany recently announced the development of a specialized chewing gum designed to detect peri-implantitis, an infection that weakens the structures that surround and support dental implants. This specialized gum turns bitter in the presence of inflammation, giving people with dental implants an indication that something serious may be developing beneath their gum line.
Although peri-implantitis develops in less than 2 percent of dental implant patients, people with dental implants should be aware of the signs of the disease, and if they experience symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hudson for further examination.
What Are the Signs of Peri-Implantitis?
Red and swollen gums. Peri-implantitis develops because of a bacterial infection of the bone and soft tissue that surrounds the implant site. This infection causes inflammation that makes the gums irritated, red and swollen. Some people with dental implants also experience gum recession.
Bleeding gums. Gums that bleed at or near the implant site when you brush or poke them could indicate peri-implantitis.
Bad breath. People with peri-implantitis frequently develop persistent bad breath or a funky taste in their mouth because of their infection.
Pain. Peri-implantitis is often painless, but some people report a dull, aching pain at or near the implant site.
Mobility of the implant. Since peri-implantitis causes the tissue and bone that surrounds the implant to weaken, the implant may become loose and wobbly over time. If a dental implant becomes mobile, patients are at risk of further damage to the jaw and surrounding tissues.
Cratering. Peri-implantitis weakens the tissues that support the dental implant, and when these tissue become weak, they collapse and form a crater-like deformity of the jaw. This crater causes the implant to sink or move out of its original position.
Do you have the signs of possible peri-implantitis? Call Dr. Hudson today at 888-724-7986 for a closer look.