FDI takes on the challenge of peri-implant diseases through new partnership

06 June 2018 Periodontics

FDI has developed the Peri-Implant Diseases Project (PIDP), in partnership with the International Congress of Implantologists (ICOI), to increase global awareness of periodontal health. PIDP aims to make periodontal health a priority issue at the national level and integrate oral and periodontal health into general health policies.

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Defining peri-implant diseases

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, peri-implant diseases are inflammatory conditions affecting the soft and hard gum tissues around dental implants. Similar to a natural tooth, bacteria can build up on the base of the implant, below the gum line. Over time, the bacteria irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed, damaging the tissue and if not caught early, causing the bone structure below the implant to deteriorate.

There are two types of peri-implant diseases:

  1. peri-implant mucositis, which is gum inflammation found around the soft tissues of the dental implant and may be reversible if detected early; and
  2. peri-implantitis, which in addition to the gum inflammation around the soft tissue presents deterioration in the bone supporting the dental implant and usually requires surgical treatment. 

What will come out of this project?

PIDP will inform the oral health community on the importance of peri-implantitis prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

In 2017, a group of four FDI and ICOI experts was appointed to work on PIDP. The experts identified 16 authors who were then tasked with producing one article each on a specific topic on peri-implant diseases. At a workshop held in Zurich last May, the PIDP experts and authors met to review the articles and discuss practical recommendations for dentists on peri-implant diseases.

By the end of the workshop, experts and authors came to a consensus and drafted four recommendation articles (which are currently being finalized) to support dental practitioners – who are not specialized in implants – in their daily practice. Key conclusions from the workshop will be presented at the World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires and at the ICOI Congress in Las Vegas.

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