Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth.
However, with every good thing in life comes the questionable and the bad.
Dental implants, just like our natural teeth, face complications from time to time, especially if we don’t provide the care, maintenance, and attention necessary.
So, why does my dental implant have a strange flavor?
First off, don’t assume right off the bat that something has gone wrong with your dental implant; however, also keep in mind that a dental appointment should be made to ensure this isn’t problematic or in need of immediate, professional care.
Having a strange flavor may simply be due to lack of oral hygiene, but having this only around your implant or having this strange flavor persist for days even after thorough care, it very well may be a case of peri-implantitis. No worries – This is an oral infection that can be resolved, ideally after seeking professional dental care. This infection could range from minor to major. Both cases, though, should be checked out by a professional.
Who suffers with peri-implantitis?
Anyone with a dental implant can suffer with this type of oral infection. Lack of proper oral care, getting food stuck around the implant, or even having the implant recently put in are a few good reason as to why peri-implantitis can occur. The cause of this infection, however, can really only be identified by a dental professional.
How is peri-implantitis treated?
A dental professional can assist one with getting ridding of their minor or major peri-implantitis in multiple ways. In minor cases, a dentist may simply thoroughly clean your mouth and around your implant and suggest that you replace your toothbrush, opt for better oral hygiene, or start/continue using mouthwash. Certain rinses (such as rinsing with warm salt water) or special, specific means of oral hygiene may also be suggested.
In more severe cases, a dental professional may provide some sort of medication to alleviate the infection quicker and more efficiently, surgically remove the infected around area the dental implant, or even opt for a dental implant replacement.
How can I ensure I don’t suffer with peri-implantitis in the future?
Many of us deal with minor oral infections from time to time – It’s pretty normal. However, with a dental implant, it can be a little different, and in fact, perhaps more common, especially shortly after implant surgery.
Some causes of peri-implantitis cannot be avoided (even so, peri-implantitis can seem to appear out of the blue); however, good oral hygiene definitely helps. Flossing even between your implant ensures food particles won’t be lodged in between, potentially risking an infection.
It’s also really important to seek dental care if one suffers with implant problems, or any tooth-related issue, to receive care efficiently and quickly if required. Dental implants are serious, just as any other tooth.
Treat them as you would any other tooth in your mouth. If your implant is removable, take it out for cleaning purposes. Consider soaking it in denture cleaner in addition to brushing it. Keeping your implant in top-notch form will certainly help lessen your risk of peri-implantitis and other complications.