Peri-Implantitis Treatment in Philadelphia

Dental implants are almost always successful, but in rare instances, patients may develop peri-implantitis, a serious condition that can lead to bone loss and implant failure. Peri-implantitis resembles periodontitis, which is a similar condition affecting natural teeth. Both conditions involve the inflammatory destruction of the supporting structures around the tooth (or implant), including the gums and the underlying bone. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to the loss of the dental implant.

Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis

If you have one or more dental implants, the following symptoms may indicate peri-implantitis:

  • Inflamed or red gums around the implant
  • Development of gum pockets around the implant
  • Loose or wobbly implants
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Pus around the implant

Treatment may involve professional cleaning, scaling, and root planing to remove bacteria and calculus from the implant surface and surrounding tissues. In more advanced cases, surgical intervention or Fotona Laser Implant Therapy might be necessary to thoroughly access and clean the affected area.

What is Fotona Laser Implant Therapy?

One of the latest innovations in treating peri-implantitis is laser implant therapy, a laser-based alternative to more invasive treatment options. This minimally invasive procedure is effective, painless, and promotes faster healing.

During the laser implant procedure, a dental laser accesses and disinfects the area around the implants. The laser also removes any diseased tissue and bacteria, promoting the regeneration of healthy gum and bone tissue around the implant. The goal of the treatment is to halt the progression of peri-implantitis, save the implant, and improve the overall health of the surrounding tissues.

Advantages of Fotona Laser Implant Therapy

Laser implant therapy is the preferred treatment for most cases of peri-implantitis for several reasons, including:

  • Laser peri-implantitis treatment can be less invasive when an infection is treated early.
  • In some cases, no incisions or sutures are needed to clean gum pockets.
  • Pain and inflammation are significantly reduced.
  • Implant stability can be maintained.
  • Laser implant therapy provides quicker, less painful recovery with minimal bleeding.
  • Laser implant therapy has a higher success rate than traditional surgery for peri-implantitis.
  • The Fotona lightwalker dual laser system ensures highly effective disinfection.
  • The Fotona lightwalker dual laser wavelength stimulates new tissue growth.

Fotona Laser Implant Therapy Procedure

The first step is proper diagnosis of peri-implantitis by your periodontist based on a thorough oral exam, which may include X-rays or other imaging techniques, to diagnose peri-implantitis accurately. We will assess the extent of bone loss and inflammation around the dental implant.

Before the procedure, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area around the affected implant, ensuring the patient’s comfort during the treatment. During the Fotona Laser Implant Therapy procedure, a dental laser removes infected tissue and bacteria from the area around the implant. The laser is precise and selective, targeting only the damaged or infected tissues, leaving healthy tissues intact.

The laser not only removes the infected tissue but also helps disinfect the area, killing bacteria that might be present. This aids in promoting a healthier environment for tissue regeneration. After decontamination, we will use bone grafts or other regenerative materials to promote bone growth around the implant, aiming to restore stability and support.

When treatment is complete, we create a fibrin clot around the implant to encourage healing and adjust the patient’s bite to give the area time to heal and stabilize. The clot is formed by our laser using the patient’s own stem cells. In order to provide the most effective outcome possible, these procedures typically do require incisions and sutures in order to ensure optimal debridement, disinfection, and bone regeneration.

Peri-implantitis should be treated as soon as possible by a periodontist to improve the odds of saving your affected implants. Periodontists focus solely on periodontal disease and treatment of the gums. Our expertise helps us perform Fotona Laser Implant Therapy with minimal disruption of surrounding tissue while effectively eliminating infection.

If you have any symptoms of peri-implantitis, contact our office at Philadelphia PA Periodontics Office Phone Number 215-985-4337 or use our online appointment request form to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

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