Bone Loss and Infection after Dental Implants: What Can Be Causing This?


Nancy asks:
I got 8 dental implants in my upper mouth. Now, I have bone loss and have had to have laser surgery twice due to bacteria. I am told that I will have to have more laser surgery. The dentist says I don't brush my teeth properly, but I spend several minutes each day brushing and flossing. I don't smoke or eat sugar. What could be causing this bone loss and bacteria? Thank you for helping me.

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Bone Loss + Infection after Implants: What Can Be the Cause ?

Answered By: Dr. Carlos Boudet - West Palm Beach , FL

Dear Nancy:
There are several things that can cause bone loss around implants.
The most common cause is infection from bacteria that we all have in our mouths and is not removed adequately.
Sometimes excessive forces are placed on the implants as in the case of a bruxer or clencher that can lead to bone loss.
An individual's resistance to periodontal disease also plays a part. I have seen implant patients that do not clean their mouths very well and still have no problems.
It sounds like your dentist is using the latest technology to help you with the problem.
You may want to inquire about two other things that may help.
Use xylitol several times a day in mints or gum.
Look into a new Probiotics product to combat periodontal disease.
The xylitol starves the bacteria that causes the infection, and the probiotics replaces it with "good" bacteria that is incapable of producing the infection.
Hope this helps and good luck!

Carlos A. Boudet, DDS, DICOI

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dental implants and laser treatment!

Answered By: Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi - Bethesda , MD


Bone loss can happen for different reasons- infection, inflammatory process, undesirable forces, implant type, etc.

I am not sure how the laser therapy is given to treat this condition. I am not aware of such therapy. The best way to keep bacteria or plaque off is with professional cleaning.

Dr. Kazemi

Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi

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