Peri-implant mucositis: implant gingivitis

Peri-implant mucositis: implant gingivitis

Peri-implant mucositis is what we know as implant gingivitis, although it is true that implants are the great solution to the loss of dental pieces, this does not exempt them from the need to be cared for as a natural dental piece, since They can also suffer from periodontal diseases, called in these cases peri-implant diseases.

Peri-implant pathologies are divided into two types:

  •  Peri-implant mucositis: This is a disease caused by inflammation of the soft tissues (mucosa) around the implant. This pathology could be said to be the same as gingivitis that gums suffer, and it is also like this, a common disease.
  • Periimplantitis: This is the disease equivalent to periodontitis. In this case there is not only an inflammation of the soft tissues, but also the hard tissues are affected, which can lead to the destruction of the bone that holds the implant and therefore the loss of it.

In both diseases there is a common cause that causes inflammation of soft tissues, and is the accumulation of bacterial plaque. While it is true that we could say that mucositis is the mildest phase, if it is treated it will reach periimplantitis that is serious.

We should know that the symptoms of these pathologies are the same as those of gingivitis and periodontitis. These symptoms to detect gingivitis are: periodontal tissue redness, gum inflammation, bleeding and pus suppuration. When any of these symptoms are perceived, you should visit the dentist to be able to remedy and not evolve to a peri-implantitis and to endanger the survival of the implant.

In the case of peri-implant mucositis, the affected tissues can be treated non-surgically with predictable results. That is, this involvement is reversible unlike periimplantitis.

In Clínica Blasi we always recommend that you have a good daily hygiene routine, it will be the essential factor to prevent this type of pathologies and maintain good oral health, as well as make periodic visits to the specialist.

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