How should swelling around dental implants be effectively treated and prevented? Both you and your dentist have a role.
What your dentist will do
- Examine the dental implant – Your dentist will check your implant for damage and position. Your jawbone can detach from a defective implant, and it is unlikely that it will reattach. The implant will need to be removed, the affected area will need to heal, and a new implant will be placed.
- Identify the cause of infection – Swelling is a sign of infection. Your dentist will look for trapped debris between your gums and the implant because it can cause irritation and swelling. Other possible causes of swelling include periodontal (gum disease), certain medical conditions, and smoking.
- Treat the swelling – The affected area will be cleaned and disinfected. Swelling is your body’s response to an infection in your oral tissue. Your dentist will determine if the infection should be treated with antibiotics.
What you can do for preventive care
At-home care, nutrition, and lifestyle can affect the health of your implants and gum tissue. Practice good oral hygiene with the following steps:
- Limit or avoid food that can lodge between your gums and the implant, including popcorn, chips, nuts, and shells. If you occasionally eat these foods, try to avoid chewing hear the implant.
- Thoroughly floss around your dental implants. It will remove trapped food and bacteria-causing debris.
- Avoid smoking because it irritates oral tissue and restricts blood flow.
- Schedule regular dental cleanings and exams. Your hygienist and dentist can detect issues with your oral tissue and dental implants. Early detection can help you get the treatment you need and prevent issues that lead to swelling around your implants.
An infection can weaken your gums and bone and affect the support of your dental implants. If you have swelling around an implant, don’t delay scheduling an appointment for an exam.
This post is sponsored by award-winning Naperville implant dentist Dr. LaVacca.