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If you are planning to get dental implants, you can rest assured that an infection is very rare. However, it doesn’t mean it can’t occur. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a dental implant infection after your oral surgery. In nearly all cases, early detection means more conservative and more successful treatment.

Why Would I Get a Dental Implant Infection?

Dental implants are placed during a very precise oral surgery. Your dentist will use the highest level of expertise and tools to place your dental implant(s) in an ideal area of your jaw. It is impossible, however, to place dental implants without having a surgical site, or open wound in your gums that will heal over time. Any surgical site is vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Fortunately, following your dentist’s post-operative instructions for caring for your surgical site inside your mouth can drastically reduce this risk and allow any oral wounds to heal quickly and successfully.

Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For

In general, your surgery site should heal and improve with each day, week and month after your dental implant surgery. However, if you notice the following new or worsening symptoms, let your dentist know immediately:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Pus
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Foul breath odor
  • Bad taste in mouth

When it comes to an oral infection, the risk doesn’t stay in your mouth. Beyond dental implant failure, an untreated infection can also spread or enter your bloodstream to compromise your whole-body health.

Treating Your Infection

The method in which your dental implant infection is treated largely depends on the type of infection as well as its severity. When caught early, most infections can be treated with prescription antibiotics, but some may require additional procedures. At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we have an astounding track record for successful, infection-free dental implants. However, if an infection does develop, you can trust that our team will do everything we can to stop the infection and save your dental implants.

Call our office today to learn more about the rare but serious signs of a dental implant infection. When it comes to the healing phase of your dental implant placement, never hesitate to let us know of any concerns or changes, as this is a critical time for your long-term implant success.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

1820 The Exchange SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752


Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

1820 The Exchange SE Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (770) 953-1752

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

"I strive to provide my patients with quality, personalized dentistry. Because your smile is as unique as you are, I believe in taking the time to find out exactly what you need and what you want to achieve."

— Dr. Wayne Suway