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Dental implants can permanently replace the roots of missing teeth, offering a secure anchor for restorations and improvement to dental function and appearance. Because implants must be integrated into the jaw, the surgery does pose a risk of infection. Luckily, the risk is low and can be effectively negated through certain precautions. We recommend these tips for avoiding and treating infection from dental implants.

What Causes Infection?
There are two types of infection that can occur after receiving dental implants. Peri-implant mucositis, which causes inflammation of the gum tissue, and peri-implantitis, which causes inflammation of both gum and bone tissues. These infections are similar to gum disease as they inflame nearby tissue and, when severe, pose a risk of tooth and bone loss.

Peri-implant diseases can be caused by a number of factors. First, bacteria may simply enter the surgical site during recovery, causing a relatively mild infection. If there is something wrong with the implant or its placement, however, deeper infections may develop. Poorly fitted implants, poorly shaped crowns, and loose implants can all result in bacteria entering the site.

Avoiding Infection
We have already taken the proper precautions when placing your implant, the chances of developing an infection are already low. Still, there are a few things you can do during recovery to further lower the risk.
• Abstain from tobacco use
• Rinse with saltwater or prescribed mouth rinse
• Eat soft foods
• Practice good oral hygiene
• Take prescribed medication

In many cases, antibiotics can easily combat peri-implant disease, namely when it is confined to the gums. If you notice any signs of infection, such as persistent or increased pain, swelling, or bleeding, contact Dr. Mariana Conant, DDS for the appropriate medication.

Learn More About Preventing Dental Implant Infections
To learn more about dental implants and how you can avoid post-operative infection, please contact Smile Esthetics Scottdale at (480) 867-1727