Dental implant infection- How to prevent dental implant infection

Dental implant infection is serious. This article is useful for people who have had a dental implant in Iran. In the article, we talk about the symptoms of dental implant infection, its causes, and the care and maintenance of dental implant to prevent infection. If symptoms of infection persist, you should visit a dental implant specialist. If you don’t treat the implant infection and ignore it, your jawbone may be damaged. So you have to remove part of the bone. In very severe cases, the infection may enter the bloodstream. The spread of bacteria can even damage other teeth. Or it can be transmitted to the surrounding soft tissues and sinuses and, lead to sinus pain or respiratory problems.

Signs you have a dental implant infection (dental implant infection signs)

Here are 5 common signs that you have a dental implant infection. 

•    Pain or fever

Most bacterial infections in the mouth cause pain in the implant area. Symptoms of fever may also appear if the body fights the infection. You may have some pain after any invasive dental procedure. This is normal. This pain should be controllable with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medicine.

•    Trouble chewing

If you use implants other than titanium or zirconia that are approved, you may have problems chewing. This can happen even when there is no infection. Because titanium implants are strong and weld to the jawbone. In this way, they create a natural tooth shape. If your pain increases or spreads to the point of interfering with talking and chewing, you may have an infection.

•    Redness or swelling of the  gum

Redness and swelling of the gums are the main infection signs. This swelling may not be visible to the naked eye, but it can be seen through contact.

Causes of dental implant infection

One of the causes of implant infection is the implant’s lack of full placement in the jawbone. In fact, the bone should be placed around the implant. If the implant is loose, it can cause an infection.
Of course, if the implant does not fuse completely with the jawbone, there is no need to worry, because you can do this treatment again.
Dental implant infection can have many causes such as:
•    Osteoporosis
•    Smoking
•    Lack of oral hygiene
•    Diabetes
•    Weakness of the immune system
More importantly, if you are one of those patients who have previously experienced gum disease, you should pay more attention to the care of your implants. 

How to treat infected implant

Consider that the best way to prevent implant infection is to maintain good oral hygiene. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the infection. If the infection occurs immediately after the dental implant: 
•    Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics
•    Your doctor may replace your dental implant
The best option is usually to remove the implant before the infection gets worse. If the infection develops after the crown is placed, the doctor will usually only prescribe antibiotics.
In very acute cases, the doctor may replace the implant with reoperation.