How will an dental implant last?

This is a really common question we get asked here at Dental Implants Ireland. And the answer is so variable dependent on the how well you look after the implant, and if you remain fit and well. The main reason implants fail is due to gum disease, or as its know in implant circles “peri-implantitis”.

Peri-implant diseases can be divided into two categories:

  1. Peri-implant mucositis: This is where there is inflammation of the gum surrounding the implant. In this cause the gum will look red and swollen, but there is no associated bone loss. Usually peri-implant mucositis is a precursor to peri-implantitis. If you see the hygienist at this stage and have the implant site thoroughly cleaned and maintenance impeccable oral hygiene at home, you can prevent this from progressing further.
  2. Peri-implantitis: gum inflammation is found around the soft tissue and there is bone loss in the bone supporting the dental implant. Peri-implantitis usually requires surgical treatment. It can be difficult to treat and arrest.

How will I know if I am getting per-implantits around my implant?

Things to looks for are similar to what you would see with gum disease around natutal teeth. Look for red and swollen gums, pus discharging, sore gums. You may be at increased risk if there are recent changes to your medical condition such as diabetes, hormonal conditions, or on any new medication. If you have starting smoking, or drinking excessively this could increase your chance of developing peri-implantitis. It is essential to routinely monitor dental implants as part of a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

This xray shows 2 implants. The one on the right has early bone loss, the one on the left has complete bone loss. There is nothing holding it in.

Peri-implant mucositis:

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