Using dental implants to replace missing teeth is a great dental treatment option. However, implants can get infected or abscesses just like teeth. Implant infections or implant abscesses can occur when an implant starts to fail or loses bone. There can be several reasons for bone loss around a dental implant including cement on the implant surface, tobacco use or smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, and various other reasons. When there is infection around a dental implant, it must be treated promptly to avoid further bone loss and failure of the dental implant.

Symptoms of a dental implant infection or peri-implant disease include swelling, bleeding, or pain. Some dental implant infections may not have any symptoms in the beginning stages, thus it is very important to see your periodontist regularly after getting a dental implant placed in the mouth.

In order to treat the dental implant infection, the gum tissue is rolled back to expose the dental implant infection. The infected tissue is then removed. The surface of the dental implant is decontaminated. A bone graft along with other biological agents may be used to regenerate the lost bone and to stabilize the dental implant. These treatments can be effective in removing the implant infection and extending the life of the dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know if your dental implant is infected?

Dental implant infection signs include: Bad taste/bad breath that doesn't go away. Pus or bleeding of the gums or implant area. Pain or fever.

Can an infected dental implant be saved?

The earlier an infection is treated, the better the chances of success. If a dental implant has already become loose due to a severe infection and subsequent bone loss, it may not be possible to save it. In this case the infected dental implant might need to be removed and the area left to heal.

How do you know if an implant is failing?

While there are several different possible causes of implant failure, the signs are the same. You'll know that your dental implants are failing if you start to experience severe pain or discomfort in or around your dental implants, if your gums are swollen or inflamed, or if your implant starts to become loose.

How can I prevent infection after dental implant?

1. Rinse regularly. An essential part of the healing process after dental implants are placed to rinse the mouth out regularly.
2. Maintaining dental hygiene. Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine will also ensure that a person prevents an infection from forming.
3. Visit the dentist often.
4. Avoid sugary foods or beverages.

Call our periodontists at PerioLife periodontists in Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth or Keller offices.