What To Expect With Dental Implants

Have you recently had dental implants Melbourne fitted and want to know what to look for in case there is an issue?

In the following article, the signs that there is an issue with your oral implant will be explored, so you will have a better idea of when you need to seek help from your dental team. 

Wobbling

After it is fitted, an oral implant is likely to feel a bit unstable but it should not be wobbling or moving. If it is, this can point to an issue during the fitting or may signify that your body is rejecting it. Either way, you should seek urgent treatment from your dentist if you have a wobbly implant!

Bleeding

Is there blood oozing from the implant site? Some blood is normal after such a treatment, but if it continues for days on end without a trigger (such as the use of a toothbrush brushing over it), then this needs to be investigated. In some cases, excessive bleeding following the fitting of an oral implant can be corrected with additional stitching but in other examples, it can point to an infection that needs to be remedied.

Swelling

Swelling after surgery is to be expected, and this is no different when it comes to an oral implant. But excessive swelling that appears red or feels hot is a symptom of an issue, such as infection or potential rejection of the implant; rejection is rare, due to the inert nature of titanium which implants are made from, but it can still happen. If swelling is occurring after your implants are fitted, then you need to seek advice from your dental team.

Recurring infections

If you have ever had a dental infection, you will know how hard they are to ignore! And when it comes to having an infection after an oral implant has been fitted, you will likely have very similar symptoms as the ones you had with a regular infection, swelling, discomfort, fever, feeling or being sick and becoming pale and fluish. But if you notice any of these symptoms, it is time to book an emergency dental appointment, not only to resolve the infection but to potentially save your oral implant. Infections around the implant site can cause the newly fitted implant to come loose and may damage the jaw itself if left unchecked. So, if you suspect an infection, call for help.

Discomfort

It can sound comical to suggest to someone that they should not expect discomfort after having surgery performed. However, when it comes to the fitting of oral implants, you can expect there to be some minimal discomfort once you are at home, which should be controllable with over-the-counter pain relief like paracetamol. But if the discomfort around the implant site is lingering, or worsening, then this can be a sign of a problem. It may indicate that there is an infection or that there has been some nerve damage. Alternatively, discomfort linked to inflammation can be associated with gum disease which may now be forming, so it is always best to have these issues explored.

DISCLAIMER

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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