Symptoms are due to infection of the implant

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Louise
(Coventry)

I have recently had dental implants alongside bone grafts. The next day I came out in cold sores and for the last 2 days I have been suffering with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the face(My bones ache too).

What are the chances that my symptoms are due to infection of the implant. I smoke but am planning on using NRT gum when the swelling goes down a little. I am on antibiotics and using the necessary mouthwash.

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  1. sandydig says:

    Symptoms are due to infection of the implant
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Louise,

    There are several reasons our body breaks out in cold sores around the mouth. Emotional stress, sun exposure, cold or flu-like symptoms, dental work, etc. Typically during extensive dental work the mouth is stretched open beyond what is normal activity. This can sometimes cause cold sores at the corners of the mouth. It is also common to have some facial swelling and run a low-grade fever after oral surgery. The antibiotics should help prevent any infection around the new implant.

    Smokers have a higher chance of implant failure. Smoking after implant placement can hinder the healing process and will leave you at a higher risk for infection. Hold off for as long as possible after your implant placement or better yet use this as an opportunity to quit if possible.

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