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Long and Short-Term Risks of Dental Implants


2. Infection or Poor Healing

Here’s a gross dose of reality: the mouth is full of bacteria. That bacteria can wreak havoc on your surgical wounds, if the doctor and patient aren’t careful. The dentist needs to ensure that they follow proper sterilization of their tools and environment. Even when that is done properly, patients are usually given antibiotics before implant surgery as an extra precaution.

Infection can also be a result of the patient failing to follow the doctor’s directions after the surgery. Some infections are obvious right away (within a week or two), while others can form slowly and pop up after a month (or more). It is possible to catch any infection early and still result in a successful implant surgery, so make sure you go see your dentist if anything doesn’t seem right.

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