I got 5 dental implants August 2014. There is pain in one of them and the gum looks a little swollen. Could there be food stuck that I can’t floss out? How do I know if the implant is infected? Thanks. Thomas
Thomas – Food that is trapped between your gums and the implant can lead to bacteria growth and infection. Also, if the dental implant crown doesn’t fit properly, it can irritate gum tissue and lead to infection. Low-quality implant fixtures and fixtures that aren’t properly placed can lead to infection. It is best to have the implant examined by your dentist.
Some of the signs of implant infection are:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Persistent or increasing pain at the implant site
- Loosening implants
Remember that you have the option of seeking a second opinion on the problem with the implant to determine the cause of the issue and the best way to treat it.
This post is sponsored by board-certified implant dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.