Dental implants have a high success rate but there is a risk of dental implant failure at some point in a patient’s life. An infection that develops around the base of the implant is known as peri-implantitis, which can cause permanent damage to the surrounding teeth and gums if it is not treated in a timely manner. Peri-implantitis is the leading cause of failing dental implants, but other reasons include: failure to integrate with the jawbone, dental trauma or injury to the area after the implant procedure, and bone loss at sites near the implant.
The doctors at The Dental Studio of Midland have found laser dentistry to be an effective treatment for peri-implantitis. Unlike traditional treatments for failing dental implants, laser dentistry is a minimally invasive treatment that causes less pain and provides a faster recovery. It’s a highly targeted treatment that targets only the infected tissue and leaves healthy tissue intact. We can effectively clear the area of the infection to help restore the health of the tooth and the dental implant. Laser dentistry does not damage the surface of the implant and helps decontaminate the threads of the implant without requiring surgery.
Traditional procedures are more invasive in nature but may be necessary if laser therapy does not work. Peri-implantitis procedures may involve mechanical debridement of the area, surgery to remove the damaged implant, and additional bone grafting before placing a replacement implant.
Managing failing dental implants must be left in the hands of an experienced and skilled dentist. Our doctors have completed advanced training in the field of implant dentistry and have helped many patients with peri-implantitis restore their oral health without surgery. Using the latest advances in laser dentistry, we can help patients in Midland, TX, achieve and maintain optimal oral health without invasive surgery and aggressive procedures.