October 8, 2018
Dental implants are known for being the best solution for tooth loss because of their durability, longevity and reliability. If you’re eligible for implants, you’ll quickly learn about the many benefits they have to offer your biting force as well as your smile. However, some patients can experience an infection as a result of the implant, even if it is extremely rare.
During the early stages of receiving your implant, you’ll need to take the right precautions to avoid dental implant infections in Rockland County. Keep reading to learn how and what to do if complications arise.
Preparing for Implant Treatment
Prior to implant placement, you’ll have an in-depth examination and consultation with the dentist. During this meeting, they’ll confirm that your gum tissue is healthy, whether or not there’s sufficient bone in your jaw, and go over your medical history. If you have any unmanaged or untreated systemic illnesses that may compromise your immune system, such as diabetes, you may not be eligible for implants.
These conditions can dramatically influence your gums’ ability to heal around the implant. During this consultation, you need to mention any and all conditions that are present. The more you tell the dentist, the better they’ll be able to plan and prevent complications later.
Tips to Know During Aftercare
Keep in mind that because of this thorough examination, the chances of an implant infection are very low. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice the right precautions after they’ve been placed.
To start, you’ll want to avoid all tobacco products whether they be cigarettes, chewing tobacco or anything in between. Tobacco can dramatically reduce your body’s ability to heal, so this is one of the most important steps you need to take to avoid infections.
You’ll also want to switch to a soft diet for the next few weeks after surgery. Soups, stews, steamed vegetables, soft-cooked rice and pasta, chicken and other foods that don’t compromise your healthy diet are necessary to prevent unwanted pressure on the implant. Avoid chewing gum as well.
On top of your normal brushing and flossing, you’ll also want to rinse your mouth out with saltwater daily. You’ll want to wait 24 hours after the initial surgery before starting this, but rinsing your mouth out with saltwater works to kill bacteria while your wound heals. Just make sure not to spit it out too forcefully as this can irritate the tissue around the implant.
What if It Becomes Infected Anyway?
If you experience what is known as peri-implantitis or peri implant mucositis, two types of infection related to dental implants, you’ll need to revisit the dentist. There, you’ll be prescribed antibiotics which can easily treat the infection, especially if it’s localized to the gums and not the bone holding the implant in place. If you notice persistent bleeding, swelling or pain after implant placement, contact the dentist as soon as possible.
Have questions about dental implants in Rockland County? Schedule an appointment to get started in your journey to tooth replacement!
About the Author
Dr. Peter Auster is an expert when it comes to creating restorations for implants. After completing his dental education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, he became a founding member of the Empire State Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. To learn more about his expertise in cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics, you can contact him through his website.
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