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Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Ryan Clagett

Dental implants represent the gold standard for tooth replacement. No matter how many teeth you have lost, dental implants can restore full form and function, offering long-lasting and natural-looking results. As with any surgical procedure, however, there are some risks that can reduce the effectiveness of dental implants. The most significant risk is peri-implantitis.

Peri-implantitis is a localized periodontal infection, affecting the soft tissue surrounding the dental implant. In extreme cases, when the infection is left untreated, it can even cause the loss of surrounding teeth. Thankfully, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent peri-implantitis and to preserve the health of your dental implants.

Preventing Peri-Implantitis and Preserving Dental Implants

At Derby City Dental Specialists, we provide our dental implant patients with a few standard guidelines for avoiding peri-implantitis.

Follow Aftercare Instructions

Before you are discharged from your dental implant surgery, you will be provided with a full set of aftercare instructions. The single best way to avoid infection is to closely adhere to these instructions, particularly guidelines about what to eat or drink.

Practice Regular Hygiene

You can clean dental implants like natural teeth, so make sure you follow a regular and effective oral hygiene routine. Brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups. In short, care for your implants just as you would your other teeth.

Be Smart About What You Eat and Drink

The main cause of any gum disease is the growth of oral bacteria, and peri-implantitis is no exception. Food and drinks high in sugar cause that growth. Consider avoiding sodas, candies, and other sugary foods and drinks to prevent gum disease development.

Seek Help When You Need It

Contact your periodontist immediately if you feel any irritation or swelling around the implant. Not only can a periodontist diagnose the presence and extent of the infection, but they can also provide prompt treatment and recommendations to arrest the development of peri-implantitis.

Learn More About Dental Implant Care

Dental implants may be the ideal solution for smile restoration. The best way to preserve your dental implants is to take a knowledgeable, proactive approach to peri-implantitis. To find out more about long-lasting dental implant care, contact Derby City Dental Specialists.

Who Are We?

Derby City Dental Specialists strives to provide the latest best practices and advanced techniques for placing dental implants and treating periodontal disease while aligning care with each patient’s specific needs and goals in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

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What Problem Do We Solve for Our Patients?

Through implant dentistry and diverse gum treatments, we can replace missing teeth, stop the spread of gum disease, and create a healthier, stronger, natural-looking smile. Smile makeovers can correct imperfections and improve overall comfort and confidence.

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How We Solve These Problems for Our Patients

Dr. Clagett consults with each patient to understand their concerns and goals, then develops a customized treatment plan to achieve desired results. His extensive training in the field enables him to deliver innovative care.

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