My 2019 full-mouth reconstruction includes implants, crowns, and veneers. I think several implant teeth are infected, and two crowns have fallen off. My gums are swollen, and it hurts to chew. Unfortunately, the dentist relocated pre-Covid, and now despite my searches, it seems like there are no current listings for him. I am concerned that a dentist must replace my implants, and I will need a repeat full-mouth reconstruction. I do not know where to begin. Will you please offer suggestions? Thanks. Leonara from NJ
We are sorry to hear about your horrible experience. Although you cannot find the dentist—other than filing a lawsuit—not locating him might be a good thing. You certainly do not want the dentist doing any more dental work for you.
Infection Around Dental Implants
Infection around dental implants is 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 must find a new dentist. But look for one 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 option.
Your new implant dentist or surgeon needs 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 do not trust any dentist who is not willing to perform a CT scan.
Best wishes for a smooth recovery and a healthy smile.
Midtown Manhattan dentist Dr. Marianna Farber sponsors this post.