Dental implants can replace missing teeth on a permanent basis, providing a safe foundation for restoration, dental function, and image enhancement. The operation poses a danger of infection as implants have to be integrated into the jaw. Luckily, there is a low risk and certain measures will easily mitigate it. Such guidelines are advised to prevent and cure dental implant infection.

What Causes Infection?
After acquiring electrodes, there are two types of infections. Mucositis of peri-implants, which causes gum tissue inflammation and peri-implantitis, which causes gum and bone tissue inflammation. Similar to the gum disease, such infections inflame nearby tissue and risk tooth and bone loss when serious.

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 salt water 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