Treatment for Dental Implant Problems

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anzalone is a highly trained and experienced specialist in implant surgery.

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Expert Treatment of Dental Implant Complications

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Causes of Dental Implant Complications

Dr. Anzalone will occasionally see a patient who received an implant in the past from another practitioner, and the implant has developed infection or other complications. Although the vast majority of implant placements are successful, a very tiny percentage of them develop complications that need special treatment or replacement with a new implant.

The main causes of implant complications are as follows:

Improper Implant Placement

An implant can be placed where there is inadequate supporting bone or can be inserted in the wrong position. Inadequate bone support can cause the implant to become loose, and wrong positioning of the implant can cause irregular bite forces on the crown which puts excessive stress on the implant and destabilizes it.

It can even happen that the implant is placed correctly, but the bone somehow fails to integrate with the implant, causing the implant to become loose. All the above scenarios also make the implant more susceptible to a gum disease infection.

Gum Disease Around the Implant

Gum disease around an implant is known as peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is characterized by inflammation and infection of the gum tissue, sometimes combined with bone loss around the implant.

Peri-implantitis can be the result of a number of different factors, including poor oral hygiene, health issues such as diabetes, a compromised immune system, smoking, or dental crown cement leaking under the gumline. It can also occasionally be the result of a bite misalignment putting undue pressure on the implant, an allergic reaction to the implant or the implant being rejected by the body for other reasons.

Restorations Placed Too Soon

Sometimes crowns, bridges or dentures are fully loaded onto the implants immediately after placement. If the restoration is placed before the implant can easily hold up against such forces, the implant can become destabilized and develop complications.

Skilled Implant Care Specialist

As a periodontist, Dr. Anzalone is a highly trained and experienced specialist in the placement and care of dental implants, including the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of complications with implants. He uses thorough diagnostics and advanced, minimally invasive procedures to restore the health and stability of compromised implants. In rare cases where it is not possible to save the implant, he can replace it with an implant that functions well.

Dental Implant Problems

Signs of Trouble with Implants

The following symptoms are signs that an implant has developed complications. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, it is important that you come in for a full diagnostic examination as soon as possible:

The gums around the implant bleed at the gumline when brushing.
The gums around the implant have swollen.
The gums around the implant have turned red or a bluish-purple (signs of inflammation).
The area around the implant is sensitive or painful.
Pus is coming from around the implant.
The threads of the implant are visible.
The implant is loose.

Comprehensive Diagnostics

Dr. Anzalone will conduct a thorough examination of the implant to determine the level of infection or instability. He will start by taking digital X-rays to accurately determine the level of bone support around the implant, and the extent of any bone loss that may have occurred. He will probe the depth of the gum pockets, note any other signs of infection around the implant, and check the implant to see if it is loose.

If the implant has already become loose or is too compromise to be saved, Dr. Anzalone will need to remove the implant and replace it with a new one. If the implant is treatable, he will determine the actions necessary to restore it to full function and stability. In either case, he will thoroughly explain your treatment and answer all your questions so you are fully informed.

Come and See Us

If you are experiencing any signs of implant complications or peri-implantitis, come in to see Dr. Anzalone for a thorough examination. The doctor will determine what problem is and the appropriate treatment to resolve it. He will explain the treatment in detail and answer all of your questions.

Customized, Thorough Treatment

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Dr. Anzalone will customize your treatment based upon your individual circumstances. If there is infection around the implant, he will gently remove any diseased tissue and clean away bacterial deposits using special instrumentation that will not in any way scratch the implant. He can also use antibiotic therapy or antibacterial rinses as indicated. When bone loss has occurred, he will place a bone graft to regenerate the lost bone.

Featured Patient Experience

“Dr. Anzalone is very nice and takes the time to fully explain what he plans to do. He always called and checked in on me after each surgery. He did a wonderful job. He was able to treat my gum disease and get it cleaned up. There was absolutely no pain. The staff are wonderful and made me feel right at home and at ease. “My experience with Dr. Anzalone and his staff was fabulous. I highly recommend him for all your dental needs.”

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