Dental implants have consistently retained a 95 percent success rate since their introduction to dentistry decades ago. Through the physical properties of the implant itself, they have the ability to integrate fully with the jaw bone once placed, which is why they are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. If this bond fails, the implant breaks, or other issues such as infection (peri-implantitis) arise, dental implants can lose their stability in the jaw, increasing their risk for failure. One of the main causes of failing dental implants is peri-implantitis, an infection of the gum tissue around the implant caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar. Dental implant complications can also occur if the implant is incorrectly placed by an inexperienced dentist or the patient has certain risk factors, including smoking and tobacco use, uncontrolled diabetes, and poor oral hygiene.
The initial success rate of dental implants is vastly dependent on the experience of the dentists placing and restoring them. Dr. Nicholas Shubin, a board-certified implant specialist, has mastered the surgical and restorative aspects of dental implants and has successfully placed hundreds of implants since 1992. He is an active member and holds Diplomate status with both the International Congress for Oral Implantologists and the American Board of Oral Implantology, two prestigious organizations known for providing state-of-the-art training and education in implant dentistry. With over 25 years of surgical and restorative expertise in dental implants, Dr. Shubin is one of the most highly qualified implant dentists in the San Juan Capistrano, CA area. If you have tender, bleeding gums around your dental implant and suspect you may have peri-implantitis, Dr. Shubin provides skilled laser and non-laser treatment to restore health to your smile.
Treating ailing or failing dental implants with dental lasers is a minimally-invasive approach that Dr. Shubin takes to provide a more comfortable experience for you. Using the targeted light beam from the laser, he removes bacteria and diseased gum tissue from around the implant post, along with the plaque and tartar buildup. If peri-implantitis has caused bone loss around the implant, we may recommend bone grafting to restore stability to the implant. Using dental lasers to treat your peri-implantitis has many benefits and is often Dr. Shubin’s choice, though his conventional treatment methods result in the same restoration of your dental implants and oral health.