Failing Dental Implants - Hazlet, NJ

The Inflammatory Condition
that Causes Failing Dental Implants

A Healthy Smile Depends on Your Gums

If you have a gum disease history, you may wonder if this will prevent you from getting dental implants. Gum disease is a progressive inflammatory condition that can cause oral and systemic problems when left untreated, including failing dental implants. The good news is that we can help you qualify for dental implants at Glenwood Premier Dental with laser gum disease treatment that helps prevent implant failures in Hazlet, NJ, and ensures a successful outcome.

What You Need to Know
About Peri-Implantitis

Peri-implant diseases impact tissue around implants similarly to gum disease affecting natural teeth, although progression is more aggressive. Like periodontal disease, the leading cause of peri-implant diseases is inadequate oral hygiene, leading to bacteria and dental plaque. Peri-implant mucositis is reversible through early treatment at Glenwood Premier Dental, including scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) and local or systemic antibiotics.

In contrast, peri-implantitis is a progressive, irreversible disease that causes bone resorption, decreased fusion (osseointegration), more profound pocket formation, and increased signs of infection. When left untreated, the most severe cases of peri-implantitis require implant removal and bone grafting to replace the damaged bone.

Disease Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • History of periodontitis
  • Lack of compliance and poor oral hygiene
  • Systemic diseases (g., uncontrolled diabetes, cardiovascular disease)
  • Soft tissue defects at the area of implantation
  • History of one or more implant failures

Signs of Peri-Implantitis

  • Swelling or redness of gum tissue around implants
  • Pain or tenderness in gums around implants
  • Visible pus around implants
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Loosening of the implants
  • Lesions or bone loss (advanced cases)

Peri-Implantitis Treatment
to Prevent Implant Failure

Peri-implantitis treatment aims to decontaminate tissue around dental implants before infection spreads to the jawbone. The first step in treating failing dental implants in Hazlet, NJ, involves determining excessive pocket depth with a specialized probe. Then, plaque and tartar are removed from the implant surface and surrounding tissue with a specialized laser. Antimicrobial mouth rinses or topical gels kill bacteria and control the infection. If peri-implantitis is severe or doesn’t respond to laser treatment, surgical intervention may be necessary.

The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
to Treat Peri-Implantitis

Lasers help form a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from the bone, creating a secure enclosure to protect the area from infection. Several types of laser have received FDA approval to treat peri-implantitis. The Waterlase® laser combines water and laser energy, reducing the need for pain-relieving medication while causing less trauma to surrounding tissues than traditional dental tools.

The FDA-approved LAPIP™ (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) is a modification of LANAP®, a minimally invasive laser protocol for treating gum disease-related inflammation. The LAPIP technique restores diseased soft and hard tissue to a healthy state and promotes bone and tissue regeneration without damaging implants. Studies show that 95% of failing implants treated with the LAPIP protocol reintegrate in the pocket and stabilize with three to eight threads of bone growth.