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Four Symptoms Of A Dental Implant Infection

by Ritthy Collins

Dental implants are the preferred method for most people that need to replace one or more teeth. Not only do implants look completely like a natural tooth, but they also perform the same and require the same care as natural teeth. Most people recover from implant surgery well, but you do need to be aware of the symptoms of a post-implant infection. Fortunately, most infections can be treated as long as you seek treatment promptly.

1. Odor and Taste Issues

One of the first signs of trouble may actually affect your senses. Your breath may become malodorous, which could even affect your own sense of smell. Things may just smell "off" or sour. Further, you may have an unpleasant taste in your mouth that is impossible to eradicate, even if you brush and use mouthwash. The foul flavor may even affect the tastes of your favorite beverages or foods. These odor and flavor issues could be a result of an infection in your gums and around the new implant.

2. Inflammation

Swelling, redness, and pain all indicate an infection. Most discomfort and swelling should reduce significantly within a few days following the surgery. If pain persists or reappears, then an infection may have set into the gums. You may even experience a fever as your body tries to fight off the implant infection. Keep in mind that although inflammation will typically occur at the implant site, in some cases, it can travel and you may also have pockets of inflammation in other areas of your mouth.

3. Drainage and Pus

After the initial healing period is over, you shouldn't notice bleeding around the implant, nor should you taste blood. Pus, blood, or a combination of the two can indicate an infection. Pus forms as your body attempts to fight off the infection, and it typically occurs in conjunction with bleeding and swelling. If you can apply light pressure to your gums near the implant and pus comes out, then you likely have an infection that will require treatment.

4. Loose Implant

Your implant should tighten in place as the bone and gums heal around it, a process that can take a couple of weeks. If your implant isn't tightening or if it suddenly begins to loosen again, then you may have a gum or bone infection that is interfering with the healing process.

Contact a dentist if you suspect that you have an infection around your new dental implant.