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Recognising And Dealing with Dental Infections

Dr Harmit Kalsi and the team at Sheen Dental will tell you that dental infections are a real problem and some are more serious than others. The issue is that when you’ve recently undergone dental implants in Richmond most infection problems can be serious for your implants. This is why it’s imperative to spot and treat the symptoms early. With this in mind, lets take a look at an array of dental infections that can cause problems if not treated.


Gingivitis

This is in fact the early stages of gum disease and can occur when plaque is allowed to build-up at the base of the gum line. Although usually painless, it’s recognised by red, swollen or bleeding gums. It is easily treated using a combination of a thorough dental clean and antibacterial mouthwash and generally disappears in a couple of weeks. However if left, or gone unnoticed then it can start to attack the gum surrounding the implant, eventually undermining it. If this happens the implant has to be removed, the infection cleared and the implant replaced again.


Periodontitis

This is a consequence of chronic gingivitis and occurs when the supportive bone structure of the tooth erodes. It also has the same effect on dental implants and is known as perio-implantitis. Once the bone structure has eroded it causes the ligament to detach from the tooth. If it’s severe enough an extremely painful abscess will form and when this happens, often the only course of action might be to remove the tooth.


Periocoronitis

This is an infection that occurs when food particles become trapped or lodged underneath gum flaps. It can also affect the gum surrounding a dental implant. In Richmond at Sheen Dental we try to educate our patients in the importance of thorough dental cleaning and food particle removal which is imperative if a patient is looking to have healthy long-lasting implants. When particles become trapped, it causes infection at the site which can be painful when brushing or chewing. One of the best ways to prevent food particle build-up is by regularly flossing. Another way to give your mouth a thorough clean is to use an electric or sonic toothbrush, or alternatively use a standard toothbrush and frequently brush after meals.


The best way to deal with any possible dental infection is to continually practice good dental hygiene. Using a combination of regular brushing, flossing and a good quality antibacterial mouthwash, plus regular visits to your dentist should see your mouth fit and healthy.


If you want to find out more information on how to keep your mouth healthy post implants, or indeed would like to know anything about the procedure surrounding dental implants in Richmond, then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk where you can book a free, no-obligation consultation.

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