Can Dental Implants get Infected?

Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth and restoring the look and feel of a complete set of teeth. But, as with any dental procedure, there is always a risk of infection. So, can dental implants get infected? 

The answer to this question depends on a few factors, including the health of your gums, the type of implant you have, and the care you take with your dental implants. In this article, we’ll explore the risks of infection with dental implants and provide tips for avoiding or treating an infection.

Risk factors of Infection in Implants:

Infection is a major risk factor in implant surgery. This is because implants are foreign objects that can be difficult for the body to accept. Bacteria and other organisms can attach to the implant, leading to infection.

The common risk factors which can lead to infection are the following:

  • Improper surgical technique
  • Prolonged surgical time
  • Unsterilized instruments
  • Inadequate local anesthesia
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Poor healing
  • Low-grade implant materials
  • Implant placement in areas of excessive loading
  • Systemic conditions like diabetes, autoimmune diseases

Signs and Symptoms of Infection in Implant

  • Swelling, pain, redness, or heat around the implant
  • Abnormal discharge
  • Changes in skin color around the implant
  • Implant shifting out of position
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the area around the implant
  • Changes in sensation near the implant
  • Fatigue or a general feeling of discomfort or uneasiness.

It is important to maintain good hygiene before and after implant surgery and to follow your doctor’s instructions for proper care. Additionally, it is important to inform your doctor of any underlying medical conditions prior to implant surgery, so they can take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection.

If you have any more questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists today. Our team of compassionate professionals are here to assist you and your family to a brilliant oral health.