I think my dental implants are failing. My 2021 full-mouth reconstruction included implants, crowns, and veneers. I think several of the implant teeth are infected, and two crowns have fallen off. My gums are swollen, and it hurts to chew. Unfortunately, the dentist relocated, and I cannot find a current listing for him. I am concerned that another dentist must replace my implants and that I will need a repeat full-mouth reconstruction. I do not know where to begin, and my anxiety level is increasing because I am afraid that I will need implant surgery again and who knows what else. – Thank you. Vadim from IL
We are sorry to hear about your horrible experience. You certainly do not want the dentist doing additional dental work for you.
Infection Around Dental Implants
Infection around dental implants is peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease that can lead to dental implant failure. Signs and symptoms of infection include:
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Bleeding around the implants
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose implants
- Pain, aches, or discomfort around the implant
- Pus around the implants
- Red or puffy gums
- Visible implant threads
Treatment for Infection Around Dental Implants
Depending on the extent of the infection around your dental implants, treatment options may include:
- Antimicrobial therapy
- Laser therapy for your gums
Find a Skilled Implant Dentist
Yes, you need to find a new dentist. But look for a dentist with advanced implant training or who partners with an oral surgeon or periodontist to complete implant surgery. A highly trained implant dentist or surgeon will explain your options. You can also discuss your anxiety level and ask about sedation options to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure.
It is essential for your new implant dentist or surgeon to perform a 3-D x-ray (CT) for a detailed view of your jawbone and oral anatomy and identify the cause of the problems with your dental implants. Please only trust providers who are willing to perform a CT scan.
Best wishes for a smooth recovery.
This post is sponsored by Plano, Texas, female dentist Dr. Miranda Lacy.