Peri-implantitis is a serious issue similar to periodontal disease. It’s caused by the same kind of bacteria, and it leads to similarly serious inflammation. Left untreated, peri-implantisis can lead to a reduction in supporting bone structure, which can potentially mean facing an implant extraction and replacement. Even if bone structure is unaffected, an infection of the gums can cause several further oral health issues.
As such, you should learn the most common warning signs of peri-implantitis. If any of the four symptoms listed below present themselves, see your dentist as soon as possible.
- Receding Gums
There are several reasons why the gums around your implants may have started to recede, and all of them demand the attention of your dentist. Peri-implantisis is one of the most severe culprits. When it reaches advanced stages, the gums surrounding the implant will start to pull away. You’ll be left with a noticeable socket between implant and gums. It’s possible to notice receding gums early – if the false tooth of your implant looks a little longer than normal, receding gums are probably the root cause.
- Different Appearance
Another cosmetic difference to keep an eye out for is any change in the colour of the gums. Your gums react to the presence of infection – at first, the area around the implant may appear a little red and inflamed. This redness will grow more pronounced as the condition worsens – you should notice it more clearly along the edge of the gum.
One of the main problems with peri-implantisis is that pain isn’t common until the condition grows severe. However, you may catch the problem early by paying attention to bleeding gums. If you notice that you’re spitting pink after brushing or flossing, you should see your dentist to check for peri-implantisis.
All varieties of oral infection can lead to bad breath, and peri-implantisis is no exception. The spread of infection can cause bad breath all by itself, and the condition tends to grow more serious as the gums pull away from the implant, creating a new haven in which food debris can collect and rot.