Are You Worried that Your Dental Implant May Be Infected?
We are happy to tell you that the success rate of dental implant surgery is extremely high. However, just like with any type of surgery or medical procedure, there is always a risk. You’ll be pleased to know that this is not usually because there is a problem with the actual implant though.
When you neglect your dental care and don’t pay attention to your oral health, there is more chance of getting an infection. It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is to make your oral health a top priority. This also includes visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
An infection around your dental implant is a form of gum disease known as peri-implantitis. This can be diagnosed by your dentist. The sooner you get this under control, the better, so that it doesn’t progressively get worse.
Other possible causes of this type of gum disease include an allergic reaction to the implant, a weakened immune system, diabetes, smoking, and teeth grinding.
What are the signs of an infected dental implant other than pain?
- A loose implant
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums – bleeding, redness, and puffiness around the dental implant
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Dull ache
- Difficulty in chewing your food
What happens if my infection doesn’t get treated?
- An infection that gets out of hand can lead to progressive bone loss, a failed implant, and a lot of pain. If left ignored, this can also lead to systemic illness, meaning potential damage to your heart and other organs. So, as you can see, this is nothing to take lightly. Bacteria really can spread at a dangerously rapid rate.
If you suspect that you could have an infection, or even if you just feel as though something is wrong, call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.
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