Dental implants are one of the most effective, safe, durable and attractive solutions for replacing missing teeth. Although quite rare, a few complications can nevertheless occur. The most common is peri-dental mucositis, which is an inflammation of the mucous membrane around the implant.
The causes of mucositis can vary, but you can usually avoid it with good oral hygiene. It is a fairly benign problem on its own, but the risks of mucositis developing into peri-implantitis, a more serious complication, should not be taken lightly.
What are the symptoms of peri-implant mucositis?
Peri-implant mucositis is a rather discreet oral pathology that can be recognized by the red coloration it gives to the mucous membrane around the implant. It is not always easy to detect with the naked eye and may not be painful, which is why only an oral health care professional can confirm if you have the condition.
The dentist uses a probe to determine whether the inflammation around the dental implant is caused by mucositis. The probe is inserted between the gum and the implant. This procedure is completely painless. If there is bleeding, the dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth to make sure it is mucositis.
If you notice redness in the area around your implant, you should make an appointment with your dentist, especially if the redness is accompanied by pain or discomfort. In this case, you may have a more serious problem.
What causes peri-implant mucositis and how can it be prevented?
The main factor causing peri-implant mucositis is the accumulation of plaque between the implant and the gums. Maintaining impeccable oral hygiene is undoubtedly the best way to avoid inflammation of the mucous membrane: brushing your teeth after each meal and daily flossing are recommended. You should also visit the dentist at least once a year so that he can clear the plaque from the implant.
Smoking is another possible cause of mucositis. If you are a smoker, we recommend being extra vigilant and periodically having the condition of your dental implant checked.
Contact Clinique MFML for more information about dental implant care
At Clinique MFML, we have over 10 years of experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dental implant placement. We are perfectly qualified to answer your questions concerning the installation and maintenance of dental implants, as well as any complications that may arise.
Do you think dental implant placement is right for you? We welcome you to contact us: it will be our pleasure to discuss whether an implant is a viable solution for your problem and to present you with the available options if this is not the case. You can count on our expertise for a comfortable, effective and long-lasting surgery and a personalized follow-up after the operation.