If you’ve recently had one or more teeth replaced with dental implant supported restorations, you may think your worries about oral health issues are over. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. Following the placement of dental implants, there are several serious oral health concerns that can adversely affect the function and longevity of your dental implant supported tooth replacement prosthetic. In some cases, a visit to your trusted periodontist is the best way to repair dental implant issues and maintain your healthy, functional smile.
Swollen or Discolored Soft Tissue
As is the case for patients suffering from periodontal (gum) disease, those patients who struggle with periodontitis (gum disease that effects implant supported teeth) typically see swollen or discolored soft tissue early in the development of this oral health condition. Without proper intervention from a skilled specialist, periodontitis can lead to loss of implant supported teeth in the same way that gum disease breaks down healthy supportive tissues leading to natural tooth loss. If you notice swollen, inflamed, red, or infected soft tissue around your implant site, you may want to visit a periodontist for help right away.
Pain or Discomfort While Chewing, Brushing, or Flossing
If you notice pain or discomfort when eating or caring for your smile once the implant site has healed, this can be a sign of serious problems. In some cases, an infection in the soft tissue leads to this pain, and treating the infection restores comfortable tooth function. In other cases, the implant post may need to be repositioned if it is directly irritating the nerve that runs along the jawline. A periodontist can help you with either of these issues.
Shifting Teeth or Misaligned Smile
When properly positioned, your implant post should hold your smile in its proper alignment, but if you experience gum disease, your smile may shift out of alignment. This can change the way your bite fits together, cause specific teeth to receive additional pressure leading to excessive wear, and a number of other oral health concerns. By visiting a periodontitis, you can get the treatment you need to restore your smile’s function.
Meet Dr. Robertson
Skilled periodontist Fatima Robertson, DDS offers patients gentle, attentive dental implant services at every stage of treatment. She has completed years of advanced training that allows her to provide patients with the comprehensive implant supported tooth replacement plans they need to maintain healthy smiles. If you want to learn more about implant supported tooth replacement or any of our other services, contact the Center of Endodontics Periodontics & Implantology to find out more. We’ll be happy to answer questions over the phone or schedule an appointment for you to visit us in our state-of-the-art Allen dental specialty practice.