The key to preventing the appearance of peri-implant diseases (peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis) is the same as that for preventing gingivitis and periodontitis: good oral hygiene at home.
As peri-implantitis is more frequent in patients with a history of periodontitis, these patients should be monitored more thoroughly for any signs of the onset of inflammation and bone loss around implants.
One of the key measures for implant survival is avoiding smoking to prevent the appearance of peri-implant diseases. Annual radiographs of implants are also recommended to detect early bone loss as, in some patients, peri-implantitis can start two to three years after implant placement.
Regular appointments with your dentist of periodontist are essential so that your implants and teeth can be cleaned professionally and any problems can be dealt with promptly before they threaten the stability of your implant and your gum health.
Between these scheduled visits to your dentist or periodontist, it is vital that you make an appointment as soon as possible if you notice any signs of inflammation around your implants.Back to blog