Peri-Implant Disease: What We Know and What We Need to Know

a dental patient holding up a model of a placed dental implant

The 2017 World Workshop on Periodontology and Implantology issued new classifications of peri-implant disease:

  1. Peri-Implant Health.
  2. Peri-Implant Mucositis
  3. Peri-Implantitis.

Peri-implant health is characterized by the absence of erythema, bleeding on probing, swelling, and suppuration. In health, there are no visual differences between peri-implant tissues and periodontal tissues. However, the probing depths may be greater at the implant site versus tooth sites, as attachments to teeth and implants are different.

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