Signs of Infection After Dental Implant Surgery
An artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge is called a dental implant. Since dental implants function just like regular teeth, they have the potential to become infected. An infection after dental implant surgery is known as peri-implantitis and is considered a form of gum disease.
You may experience an infection after receiving a dental implant for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common ones include poor oral hygiene, smoking, a weak immune system, diabetes, or an allergic reaction to the implant.
The signs and symptoms of an infected dental implant are just like the those of gum disease. These signs and symptoms include:
- Red or puffy gums that surround the implant
- Bad breath
- Bleeding when brushing the implant
- A loose implant
- Severe pain in the area of the impact
- Chewing challenges
If you notice any of these signs after undergoing a dental implant procedure, it is in your best interest to visit our dental office as soon as possible. One of our dentists will conduct a thorough exam and determine whether an infection is present. In the event an infection is found, they may prescribe an antibiotic or mouth rinse to help treat the infection.
Since this type of infection can become very serious over time and lead to illness that can damage the heart and other organs, you should make sure to treat it right away. Fortunately, Wells Family Dental offers same day emergency appointment so you can give us a call at 919-266-5332 if you notice any symptoms.