If you have already received a dental implant, but have bacteria forming around it, come to N2 Periodontics & Implants to have it treated by Dr. Khanh Nguyen. Our periodontist can clean away the bacteria before it becomes serious so that you can keep your beautiful smile.

Peri-implant mucositis is a condition where bacteria begin to build up around the dental implant and is sometimes commonly referred to as implant gingivitis. Peri-implant mucositis can easily be treated with non-surgical therapy, such as antibiotics. But if left untreated, it can develop into peri-implantitis, which results in bone deterioration around the implant and needs to be treated with oral surgery. Most patients who receive dental implants are usually not affected by these conditions, since the implant is protected by a dental crown. But on the off chance that bacteria does find its way around it, the condition can be easily treatable if caught quickly.

Bacteria buildup can start from insufficient oral hygiene habits and even involuntary habits, such as teeth grinding or poor alignment of your “bite”. Patients with compromised immune systems are also at a higher risk. Symptoms are mild in the beginning, such as swollen gums and tooth sensitivity, but can lead to more serious symptoms if left untreated. These include:

  • Inflammation, redness, swelling and pain of the gums around the implant
  • Receding gumline and reduction of gum tissue in the socket around the implant
  • Bleeding of the gums due to infection
  • Pus discharge, which will manifest as an unpleasant taste instead of something you see
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes around the neck or armpits
  • Visibility of the implant threads, and even loosening of the dental implant
  • Bone deterioration in the jaw, leading to potential loss of the implant

Luckily, our periodontist can treat this with LANAP® surgery, antibiotics or even oral surgery depending on the severity of your case.

If you think you may have peri-implantitis or even peri-implant mucositis in San Diego, California, call us at 858-273-3181 to schedule your treatment today. We will help you get your gum and implant health back in check.