I’m at about the one-year mark for my dental implant. I started having some aching in my jaw and nothing felt quite normal. However, when I went in to see my implant dentist he said everything looked good. Now, it’s a few days later (and the weekend) and when I bit down on it there was a sharp pain and puss came out of it. I’m worried something is seriously wrong. My dentist isn’t open on weekends, can this wait until Monday or do I need to call an emergency dentist?
I know your implant dentist doesn’t list any weekend hours, but I’d call him anyway. This is an emergency for your dental implant. It sounds like you’ve had an infection brewing for quite some time. It needs to be dealt with right away. He should have some emergency protocols for after-hours necessities.
If you can’t reach him, then it’s time to call an emergency dentist. They may not be able to do much except to prescribe an antibiotic to hold off the infection until you can see your implant dentist.
Once you get seen by your regular dentist, he may need to stabilize it with a splint. Hopefully, this can save the implant and you won’t lose it.
After Dental Implant Failure
If for some reason the dental implant can’t be saved, it’s not hopeless. First, you’ll need to make sure the infection is completely cleared before starting again. When you’re healed and ready, you’ll have to have bone grafting done in order to build back any bone lost during the loss of the implant.
After the grafting is healed you can start again with your dental implant procedure.
Should You Switch Dentists?
One of the things you need to consider is if you really have a qualified cosmetic dentist. You’ll need a dentist with post-doctoral training in the procedure, who has also performed a lot of cases. You’ll also want to ask how many of them are successful. He should say around 98% success rate.
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