Common symptoms after a dental implant placement include swelling and minor pain. Some patients also experience a bad taste around the dental implant. The taste is certainly one that elicits a yucky face. Should you be concerned in this instance?
You may have a condition called peri-implantitis. For the most part, this is just a fancy name for dental implant inflammation. This may be a sign of an infection. If the taste is palatable, then thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. You want to be sure that the taste isn’t due to a food particle lodged in or around the implant. If the taste lingers or returns within 15 minutes, then look in the mirror. Do you spot redness or swelling? If so, then you probably have peri-implantitis. Make an appointment with your dentist ASAP.
If the bad taste arises within two week of implant placement, then your dentist can treat the infection with antibiotics. The dentist may also prescribe a prescription mouthwash.
If you wait more than two weeks, then you may have a bigger problem. You will still receive antibiotics, though the dentist may have to adjust the crown to prevent the bacteria from spreading. Peri-implantitis normally occurs between the crown and post. This is the origin of the bad taste.
The infection may also occur where the post meets the jawbone. In this case, the dentist will have to remove the post to treat the infection. This form of peri-implantitis is more severe and may include throbbing pain.
We Treat Bad Taste Around the Dental Implant
Our advice? Never ignore the yucky sensation in your mouth. Our participating dentists treat every type of post-operation infection. Call 2495 Dental Implants to schedule an implant consultation today. Please take immediate action if you experience bad taste around your dental implant.
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