Dental Implant Infections
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There is always the risk of a dental implant infection when replacing teeth. This risk can be increased significantly if there is a heavy attempt to limit the costs of the procedure.

A lack of oral hygiene can also cause these infections. Traveling over seas or using a less experienced dentist can also cause these infections. Treating the infections is usually not as simple as taking an anti-biotic and requires additional dental work done to the implant or in some cases, the rest of the mouth.

Dental implant infection occurs when there is bacterium in the implant region. This bacteria multiples, causes irritation, puss, and tissue trauma. Dental implant infection is the number one reason that an implant is rejected by the body and the procedure is deemed a failure. In most cases, the infection cannot be controlled via medication alone. Instead, the dentist will often need to go back into the mouth, remove the implant and do the procedure again after cleaning the infection out. This often means that additional dental work is needed for the implant to take and the mouth to remain healthy.

One of the causes of dental implant infection is not a lack of sanitation by the dentist, but rather a poorly fitting implant. This poorly fitting implant is often too tight and irritates the surrounding tissue due to the tightness of the piece. This irritation leads to inflammation, and this inflammation opens the tissue up to the bacterium that normally sits in the mouth without any adverse consequence. The implant that is too loose can also open the mouth of patient to infection by rubbing and scrapping the tissue. This rubbing and scrapping can open up the tissue, making a bed for the bacterium. In order for this form of infection to be resolved, the dental implant must be removed and a better fitting one needs to be installed.

If the dental implant is a good fit, but there is infection, there is the potential that it is the patientís fault. This could stem from a lack of dental hygiene. It is important to remember, that a dental implant is a surgery, and the site needs to be cared for after surgery. This includes gentle brushing and the use of unflavored mouth wash. The proper caring for a dental implant can greatly reduce the chances of a dental implant infection causing the implant to be rejected or irritation within the mouth. It is vital to ensure that the dental care described by the dentist is followed exactly in order to prevent the oral implant infection.
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