What is peri-implantitis?
It is inflammation of the soft tissues around implants that has resulted in bone loss. It is generally painless and continues to progress until it results in complete loss of the implant. It usually initially presents as mucositis which leads to bone loss and the gradual formation of spaces around the implants called pockets when the gums pull away from the implants. These pockets can harbour more bacteria leading to more inflammation. If not treated, the bone and tissues that support the implants are rapidly destroyed. Implanted teeth will eventually become loose and will need to be removed.