Oral Implants: Signs Of a Problem

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Having dental work completed can be an exciting time, if you've had a number of restorative treatments done such as dentures, bridges and dental implants you've probably completely transformed your smile. However, if you're noticing that things aren't quite as they seem, there could be a problem with your recently fitted dental implants Melbourne? Read on to find out. 

Swelling 
When you have had oral implants fitted, you can expect there to be some swelling afterwards. After all, having implants fitted is surgery. But if you notice the swelling after the procedure is getting worse or is starting to hurt, then this can be a sign that there is an underlying problem. Particularly relating to infection, it is also worth noting that if your swelling changes colour and becomes a purple or a red hue, then you need to seek out emergency treatment from your dentist. 

Discomfort 
Once again, some minor discomfort after the fitting of an oral implant is to be expected and many dental patients compare the sensation to having an oral extraction. However, much like the swelling, if you notice that your discomfort is worsening, prolonged or driving you to distraction, then you need to seek out a same-day dental appointment to have the cause explored. The most likely issue is an infection, which can be treated without damage to your implant, provided that it is caught early enough. 

Movement 
A correctly fitted oral implant should not move, and once you have had yours fitted, your dental team will advise you on foods to eat for the next few weeks to prevent putting undue pressure onto the implant, keeping the risk of movement to a minimum. But if you feel that your implant is moving or you can visually see that it is in a mirror, then you need to seek the advice of the dental team who fitted it to assess the cause of this. It may simply be due to excess swelling, putting pressure on the implant. 

Feeling ill 
As mentioned before, the main concern that many have after having an oral implant fitted is that they will get an infection. Although rare, if you feel unwell after you have had your oral implant fitted, then you need to seek out an emergency dental appointment. As is the way with regular dental infections if untreated, this can lead to sepsis, which is life-threatening and it can also create issues with the fusing of your oral implant. 

Pus 
Can you see pus in the mirror when you are looking at your oral implant? Is it seeping from the gums around the implant site? If so, you need to seek out the help of your emergency dental team to treat the infection.

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