Dental Implant Infection: Symptoms and Prevention

Dental implants function the same as natural teeth and can be infected too in the same way.

The dental implant infection can be a result of bad oral hygiene or if you neglect dental care for a long time. There are other reasons too that can result in the growth of the infection, like diabetes, smoking, or a weak immune system.

Dental Implant Infection Symptoms

Infections are caused by bacteria that build up in the mouth right after the surgery or several weeks later.
Here are some symptoms that might indicate an infection:

• Redness around the implant
• Fever
• Bad breath
• Bleeding around the implant
• Difficulty in chewing
• Bad pain

If you notice a fever, bad pain, or continuous bleeding, rush to a dentist before things get worse. Your dentist will carry out clinical tests to diagnose the disease.

Treating the Infection

Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, regularly brush and floss to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid building up bacteria.

Our dentists at Brookshire Smile Dental will effectively examine your oral health and provide treatment according to the level of your infection. If the infection happens after the surgery, the dentist might recommend you to take antibiotics or some other medicines. However, if the condition becomes severe, you might have to undergo another surgery to replace or correct the implant.

Infection can be easy to fight and treat in its early stages. However, if left untreated over a long period, it can cause severe damage to the heart and other body parts. Therefore, if you face any of these symptoms, do not wait for them to go away, call us on 281-934-1010 and book an appointment as soon as possible.