Food gets trapped between the gum and implant tooth

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Kathy
(Purcell, OK)

Hi
I was preped for replacing 2 teeth, side by side. He put in 3 post back in November. Wednesday (Jan 30) I went in to have the teeth put in. Instead of 2 individual teeth, they were put together as 1. There is a gap and when I eat, food gets trapped between the gum and implant tooth.

They said it should be that way so I could floss around the post. One day later, I have a metallic taste in my mouth and my upper gums throb where the implant is. Am I getting an infection because food is being trapped?
Thanks
Kathy

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  1. sandydig says:

    Food gets trapped between the gum and implant tooth
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Kathy,

    It is common for dental implants to be splinted in areas where the bite force is strong. The splinted implants help distribute the force of biting or clenching more evenly and help prevent bone loss over time. One of the disadvantages of this type of implant, however, is the challenge of keeping the area under the implants clean. Floss alone may not be enough to fully clean the area. I would suggest using a proxybrush. Your dental office should have some available to you or you can find them at your local drug store. They have a small soft Christmas tree looking brush on the end of a handle and they do a great job in getting plaque and soft food debris out of those hard to clean areas. A waterpik would also be worth the investment! The toothbrush does not reach between teeth or under bridge or implant work like the waterpik can. If your gum tissue is red, swollen, and painful I would suggest going to see your oral surgeon or your general dentist so they can determine if you have an infection and if antibiotics are needed. Keeping the area clean is going to be key in keeping the tissue around the implant healthy.

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