It’s not uncommon for food particles to collect around a dental implant. This usually occurs around the soft gum tissue the implant is attached to. Foods like small seeds and popcorn kernels are especially prone to getting caught and stuck in the area. An infection around a dental implant should be looked at by a dentist right away due to the potential health risks if not treated.
The Implications of an Infected Dental Implant
Some food particles, such as popcorn husks, can act like sharp razors and cut into the gums, causing them to become inflamed and eventually infected. An untreated infection leads to more bacterial buildup, eventually leading to harmful byproducts that destroy gum tissue and bone alike.
How to Prevent Dental Implant Infection
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The key is to prevent the buildup of bacterial biofilm. This is done through normal oral hygiene, meaning daily brushing and flossing. It’s recommended, though, that you use a single-tuft brush. This is a toothbrush with a small circular head. Its size and shape enables the brusher to reach hard to access areas, such as the wisdom teeth. It’s also ideal for cleaning the area where the gums and dental implant meet.
In any case, your dentist will give you more dental advice on how to care for your specific type of dental implant.
See a Dentist Right Away if You Suspect an Infection
If a food particle gets lodged around the implant and you’re unable to dislodge it through brushing or flossing, see your dentist right away. Your dentist can remove the particle and treat the infection using a disinfecting solution and antibiotics. If you wait too long, the gum surface can become severely contaminated. If this happens, the gums can become tender, causing the implant to fall off; reattachment may not be possible.
Locate a Dentist Near You
Contact $1895 Dental Implants to find a participating dentist near you. You should have a dentist you can call at any time during business hours so you can be immediately treated should your dental implant become infected.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees