A dental implant infection is a rare but serious issue that can happen after implant surgery. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a dental implant infection will help you easily spot a problem if it begins to develop. So what are the signs and symptoms to watch for? Here are 5 of the most common dental implant infection symptoms.
1- New or Worsening Pain
Of course, some discomfort is normal after your implant surgery. However, the pain should be easily managed with medication. It should also subside as you begin to heal. If you develop new pain, or if your pain begins to subside only to get worse again, then it might indicate an infection.
2- Swelling or Redness
Just like pain, swelling and redness are also normal after implant surgery. However, if you notice new redness, swelling, bruising, or other physical changes, then see your oral surgeon. These might indicate a complication.
3- Bad Breath or Taste in Mouth
Infections often affect the smell or taste of your mouth. If you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, it might be an infection symptom. This is especially true if the smell/taste does not go away after brushing or rinsing the mouth with water.
4- Blood/Pus Coming From The Implant Site
While a little blood directly after implant surgery might be normal, heavy bleeding is a sign of a problem. Pus coming from the infection site is also a red flag. In these situations, make sure your oral surgeon checks your implant site.
5- Implant Feels Loose
Finally, infections can cause your implant site to feel loose or insecure. If your implant feels “off”, then see your surgeon right away. It’s important that they check you for complications. This problem can be quite serious if not treated quickly.
When in Doubt, See Your Oral Surgeon
If you think you might be developing an infection, then call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately. Infections can be very serious, so it’s important to have a professional check your symptoms. Rock Creek Oral Surgery is here to help you deal with any complications after your implant surgery. Call us today to learn more.