Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants can become infected and require treatment from your dentist. The dentists at Millenium Dental, with an office located in Tracy, CA, and Stockton, CA, want you to know the signs of infection and when to call your dentist about your dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant Infection?
Dental implant infection is also known as peri-implantitis. It is similar to gum disease in that your gums and the bone tissue surrounding your dental implant become red and swollen, among many other symptoms. As a result of the infection, you can experience a loss of bone around the implant, and it causes your dental implant to become less stable.
The infection could develop soon after receiving a dental implant or when restoring an older implant with a new crown. The condition can be tricky to treat, but most people with implants will never experience a dental implant infection if they practice good oral hygiene and maintain routine visits with their dentist.
Symptoms of a Dental Implant Infection
If you currently suspect that one or more of your dental implants may be infected, look for the following symptoms:
- Bad taste or bad breath: Your implant may emit a smell, cause bad breath, or leave a horrible taste in your mouth. If you taste anything weird or your bad breath doesn't subside after brushing, your implant may be infected.
- Pus or bleeding in the gum area: Pus or bleeding is a significant sign of an infection.
- Fever or pain: The infection in your implant will cause pain and fever since your body will immediately try to fight off the bacteria.
- Red or swollen gums. If your gums are red or swollen, these could be significant indicators that an infection is present.
- Loose dental implant. A wobbly dental implant could mean that it has lost its stability within the jaw bone and may need replacement.
The dentists at Millenium Dental, located in Tracey, CA, and Stockton, CA, know the signs of infection in dental implants and can offer effective and efficient treatment today.
What Happens If I Do Not Seek Treatment for an Implant Infection?
If you leave your dental implant infection untreated, it can lead to many more severe problems that are worse than the pain and discomfort felt with the initial disease. These include:
- You may need to have some of your jaw bone removed because the disease can damage and weaken the bone.
- If you do not remove the bacteria, you could lose teeth as it spreads to your other teeth.
- You could experience a painful soft tissue or sinus infection from the bacteria that circulates in your mouth.
- The disease can lead to an even bigger infection if it gets to the bloodstream or brain.
Regular check-ups with your dentist are essential in monitoring your gums and dental implant health. If you experience any of the symptoms described and have dental implants, please call Millenium Dental for an appointment at their Tracey, CA, office, at (209) 835-6487, or their office in Stockton CA, at (209) 952-3951.