Peri-implantitis is not a disease you would want to treat, but rather one you should prevent. In order to prevent peri-implantitis you should know what causes this disease.
The occurrence rate of peri-implantitis is high, even with patients that pay a lot of attention to oral hygiene. That’s because peri-implantitis is not caused by a single factor, but by a complex series of elements. Here’s a list with possible causes of peri-implantitis:
- inadequate possitioned dental crowns (the crown can be a starting factor of gum infection, that can lead to peri-implantitis);
- poorly positioned implants;
- malocclusion (most dentists are still managing the imperfect dental/or tooth-implant contacts with classical, inaccurate methods, like the carbon paper);
- poor oral hygiene;
- the lack of regular professional mantainence for the dental implants;
- the poor quality of the alveolar bone in which the implant was placed;
- untreated periodontitis (the patients that lost their teeth to periodontitis often think that the dental implant is the final treatment. In fact, the treatment for periodontitis must be followed even though the teeth are gone.)
- heavy drinking and smoking;
- untreated dental caries of the teeth near the dental implant.
By avoiding these possible causes a patient can increase its chances to avoid peri-implantitis. A regenerative treatment with the Electronic Doctor device is probably the best way to keep the surrounding tissues of a dental implant healthy, and to avoid peri-implantitis, a peri-implantary infection that often leads to dental implant failure.