Dental implants look and work like natural teeth and, just like them, can become infected. A dental implant infection is one of the most common complications following surgery and, in most cases, is a minor problem that’s soon cleared up.
Whether you already have dental implants or are considering this life-enhancing procedure, here are some answers to commonly asked questions about dental implant infections.
A dental implant infection is where the area around the implant site gets inflamed. There are two major types:
1) Peri-implant mucositis is an inflammation of the soft tissue around an implant but with no additional bone loss. It is the less serious of the two infections and is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, allowing plaque biofilm to form between the implant and prosthetic crown.
2) Peri-implantitis, a destructive inflammatory condition of the soft and hard tissues around dental implants affecting a large area of the bone covering the artificial tooth root. The condition can result from untreated peri-implant mucositis.
Although dental implants don´t get cavities, they can become infected just like natural teeth. Usually, a minor infection is treated promptly, and there´s little chance it could become serious. However, if the infection advances, it could cause bone loss around the implant site, leading to dental implant failure.
The most common causes of dental implant infection are
If a dental implant has been contaminated during the surgical procedure through improper sterilization, it can become infected. Infection may also occur if implants are not adequately spaced, leaving a gap between the implant and the bone. This can become a fertile breeding ground for germs.
Low-quality implants can also leave a space between the implant and the jawbone, attracting bacteria. That´s all the more reason to engage the services of well-trained and experienced implant professionals with a strong track record of success, such as the team at Chesterfield Dentistry.
Common signs of a dental implant infection are:
Any part of the body that undergoes surgery is at risk of infection when exposed and while healing. The good news is that the risk of dental implant infection is relatively low, especially if you stick to a proper care regime post-implant surgery. This entails:
The infection will not go away on its own and could cause serious oral damage if left untreated. Therefore, if you think your implant is infected, call your dentist immediately.
Below are some of the ways dental implant infections can be treated:
Preventing Dental Implant Infections
When you are in experienced hands, you don´t have to worry about dental implant infections leading to implant failure. At Chesterfield Dentistry, we provide dental implant solutions that will improve your quality of life. Contact us today at (314) 786 3360 or make a booking online.