In a piece published by the Telegraph two years ago, a reporter wrote about peri-implantitis, which at the time was a previously unknown issue in dental implants increasing in occurrence. As a result, people who had implants or those planning to have one started panicking. Some asked why they did not know about it, while others asked why dentists were clueless.
Whether dentists really did not have any knowledge of peri-implantitis prior to the article or if it was just some form of damage control, there is no need to worry about it. The subject of the article is a worst-case scenario that the publication chose, probably to entice readers. Ask local dental implant providers in North London and elsewhere, and trust that they can warn patients if they are at high risk of the oral problem.
The Importance of Proper Care
Consider the mouth as an entire living being. There are other kinds of implants available to people, and surgeons always say that these new “parts” require utmost care. After all, the body needs to develop familiarity with the implant so it will feel natural. It is the same with dental implants, if not completely exact. It is a much smaller locale, but it needs no less care nonetheless.
The most telling part of the piece is that the woman stopped going for check-ups three years prior. More than that, her family had a history of periodontitis. Now, these are part of a dental surgeon’s red alert list. Otherwise, it will not hurt to ask the practice’s staff about it.
The Evolution of Implants
Far from being ancient, dental implants have become more certain these last few years. Combined with the latest dental technology, the introduction of new teeth has become a routine procedure. The material for the prosthesis is more refined and is the farthest from being toxic. More than that, the use of titanium in implants almost guarantees bone fusion to some degree.
If the situation leaves one no choice but to get an implant, know that it is a long process before something artificial feels natural. At times, it will be painful, but it is a lot more acceptable situation than the things that could happen if a socket remains empty.