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This is the first of a five-part newsletter series that discusses etiology, risk factors, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of peri-implant disease.

Peri-implant diseases are defined as disease processes that affect the surrounding tissue of a dental implant. The two types are:

•    Peri-implant mucositis – soft tissue inflammatory condition affecting implant sites with no evidence of bone loss
•    Peri-implantitis – an inflammatory condition affecting implant sites that also show loss of bone

The prevalence of peri-implantitis is increasing at an alarming rate. The rates vary depending on the study:

•    A systemic literature review looking at implants 5-10 years following placement concluded that 10% of implants develop peri-implantitis among 20% of patients
•    One study of implant placement 9-14 years post-operatively showed the prevalence of peri-implant mucositis at 48% of the implants, and peri-implantitis at 6.6% of the implants
•    Another study showed peri-implant mucositis at approximately 80% of implants and peri-implantitis ranged in 28%-56% of the patients.

To reverse this trend, one must understand the etiology, risk factors, diagnosis, and how to properly treat these conditions.

Our mission is to help our patients live healthier lives. Your comfort and health are our first priority. Your beautiful smile is always our goal.