Infection at site of implant before the implant is placed

| November 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Clara
(San Francisco)

This is my first implant. The tooth is the 12 year molar in the bottom left jaw. The surgeon removed the abscessed tooth and put in donor bone to grow more bone for an implant. I am now into the third month of healing before the titanium screw is added. I have begun having throbbing pain deep in the socket where the tooth use to be.

The x-ray shows no infection however there is a lot of pain now. The surgeon treated me with Cipro for 10 days and the pain went away. Now that I have finished the Cipro, the pain is returning. The surgeon said an infection this far into the process is very unusual but now recommends removing everything and starting over.

I am thinking that it should all be removed and just let it heal and try later for the implant. I worry about the safety issues regarding donor bone so I am thinking we should use a synthetic one next. Is it very unusual to have infection this far along?

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  1. sandydig says:

    Infection at Dental Implant Site NEW
    by: Sharon B., RDH

    I agree with your dentist. If it were me I would have everything removed and allow the site to completely heal. It is rare, but you could perhaps be having a reaction to the donor bone. Synthetic bone might be a good alternative but it could possibly cause the same reaction. Another option would be to have a bone graft done from your own body in order to place that in the area. When you have it all removed ask your dentist about a space maintainer or some type of retainer to keep the teeth in alignment so they don’t collapse into the space, preventing room for a future implant.

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