Can a Tooth Implant get Infected?

Posted on: March 2, 2018

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Dental implants are way better than dentures or bridges because of their longevity and other functionality and durability. Studies show that dental bridges and crowns have a 15% to 20% failure rate in ten years whereas implants have less than 2% failure rate which is way less. Dental implants are some of those few dental procedures that last a lifetime. But there are still some reasons that lead to failure of a dental implant and account for that 2%. There are some short-term complications with dental implants.

Infection and Poor Healing

Implant placing requires a surgical procedure. Usually, dentists are well aware of using sterile/aseptic procedures to lower any chance of infection even though the area of surgery is a mouth full of bacteria.

An added precaution is taken by most dentists by covering patients with antibiotics. The discomfort caused by surgery takes about 1 to 4 days to lessen in intensity. It depends on the procedure taken for the implant. It is better to consult with the dentist to inquire about the average time taken for the discomfort to go away.

The chance of infection still remains even after having ensured all the precautions. The two immediate types of infections usually occur within one to two weeks of surgery. And this infection is usually caused because of the negligence of patients in following proper instructions provided by the doctor or due to poor hygiene following the implant.

The infections may also attack after a month before the implant has integrated. Infections might also be caused by an already existing problem or in a site adjacent to the surgical point. If the infection is dealt with in the initial stages, the implant can still be successful.

Dental implant surgery is the most widely acclaimed solution if someone has lost their tooth/teeth. But proper medical assessment is still necessary to rule out certain conditions and diseases in which implant is not recommended by the doctor.

Dental implants need to be fused in the bone and certain conditions prevent the procedure from healing optimally. Ailments such as radiation to the jaws, cancer, alcoholism, diabetes, uncontrolled gum disease, certain medications smoking, and the like might contribute to a failure of the dental implant. A lower intensity of these problems may not cause a lot of problems but a high intensity and severity level might turn out to be a contraindication.

The best dental surgeons make sure to take a complete and thorough dental history so that they are aware of any such situation before carrying out the procedure of dental implant. This helps in prevention of unnecessary complications along with an accurate and well-informed after-implant recommendation by the dental surgeon.

Dental implants take around 16 to 17 weeks to heal and during the entire procedure, a complete immobility of the surgery site and nearby area. The time required for the healing procedure is important for optimal osseointegration (bone integration) to occur.


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