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Can a Dental Implant Get Infected?

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
3d rendering of a dental implantDental implants are not entirely immune to dental issues despite their robust and biocompatible nature. Even with minimal risk, there is still a chance of infection with every surgical operation.

For example, not practicing good dental hygiene can accumulate plaque and bacteria, particularly surrounding the implant site, increasing the risk of infection. Your immune system can also be weakened by illnesses and diseases, including diabetes and autoimmune disorders, which increase your vulnerability to infections. Likewise, smoking might worsen the situation because it impedes the natural healing processes of the body. This may make you less healthy by attracting germs to settle in.

Signs of a Dental Implant Infection

You need to know specific symptoms to prevent the illness from worsening. Some of the most common indicators that your dental implant is infected are the following: discomfort surrounding the dental implant, swollen and inflamed gums, dental abscess, puss oozing from the implant location, loose implant, bleeding at the implant site, having trouble biting and eating, or having a bad taste or smell coming from the mouth. You must get dental care immediately if you encounter any of these symptoms to avoid more issues.

How to Handle a Dental Implant That Is Infected

Depending on the extent of the infection, treating an infected dental implant usually entails a mix of nonsurgical and surgical techniques. Antibiotics may be all you need to eradicate the bacteria and inflammation if the symptoms are not too severe. But you could need surgery if the dental implant area is swollen and sensitive.

The bacteria surrounding the infected tissue is removed during surgery. The implant could be totally removed if the infection progresses. This is to prevent future damage to the jawbone and surrounding tissues.

Even though dental implants do not often become infected, it is still possible, so it is crucial to be aware of any signs that the implant is malfunctioning. Make it a habit to keep your mouth clean to avoid infection around your implant. Refrain from smoking, and schedule routine dental exams.

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Do not hesitate to contact us for a fast examination and treatment. If you believe your dental implant is infected call or message us to schedule a follow-up consultation with our specialists.

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