Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Like all parts of our body dental implants may become infected. Here are two scenarios where dental implants may become infected.
Implant placement is a surgical procedure. Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with them. One potential complication after implant placement is infection, which can occur if bacteria get into the implant site. While the risk of infection is relatively low, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms and how to prevent and treat it if it does occur.
Dental implants are less forgiving than natural teeth. Once an infection starts it is less likely to heal compared to a tooth. Preventative care is better than any potential cure.
There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of infection:
If you have a dental implant infection, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
If you have a dental implant infection, your dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection. In some cases, the implant may need to be removed temporarily to allow the infection to heal before being reinserted.
If the infection is severe or does not respond to antibiotics, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. This could include removal of the implant and surrounding tissue, or a procedure called debridement, which involves cleaning out the infected area.
In conclusion, dental implants can get infected, but the risk is relatively low. To reduce your risk of infection, be sure to practice good oral hygiene, follow your dentist’s instructions, avoid tobacco, and eat a healthy diet. If you experience any signs or symptoms of a dental implant infection, be sure to contact your dentist right away for treatment.
If you have a dental implant infection or are concerned about the risk of infection, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experienced dental professionals.
Our dental office can help diagnose and treat dental implant infections and provide you with the care you need to get back to optimal oral health. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.