Worried that your oral implant is infected? 5 key signs to look out for

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When you have oral implants fitted, there are many things to remember in order to prompt faster healing and to enable the fusing of the implant to the bone to happen quickly.

But, as is the way with almost every surgery, there is always a risk of infection.

And, as oral implants are a relatively new procedure, many patients who have had them performed are unsure about how to spot the signs that they may have an infection under their implant(s).

So, what are some of the key signs to keep an eye out for as your oral implants heal? Read on to find out!


It is somewhat normal to feel a tiny amount of movement with newly fitted dental implants from Melbourne.

However, if you can see movement when you press your tongue against the implant while looking in a mirror, this could indicate an infection. If there is an abscess at the base of the implant, you may also feel a slight pressure and as the abscess grows, it can move the implant upwards, causing the wobbling and movement. Even if you cannot feel pressure but your implant is moving, contact your dentist for an appointment to assess the cause.


After any surgery, swelling around the incision site is normal and this is no different when it comes to oral implants.

But, if you notice excessive amounts of swelling around the implant site, and the swelling feels tender or looks red in colour, you may have an infection.

Remember, swelling in the soft tissues underneath the crown or the implant can feel like pressure and so if you notice any pressure or spot a strange lump under your implant, it is worth booking a dental appointment.


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A universal indicator of any infection is discomfort.

And, as is the way with oral implants, the discomfort that you experience may vary. It can feel similar to a stabbing sensation, a burning or even a bruise on your jaw. You should also keep an eye out for discomfort around glands in your throat, or even a sore throat, as this can also point to an infected oral implant.


We all know that our gums are meant to be a dark pink colour and any deviation from that can point to an issue.

If, as your implant site is healing, you notice discolouration of the gum that looks red, purple, blue or even yellow, these can all point towards a bacterial infection.

As before, oral infections, in general, are serious and so, as soon as you spot a potential one, you need to contact your emergency dental team for an appointment.

Foul taste and smell

A persistent, offensive taste or odour are other signifiers that your oral implant may be infected.

If there is a smell or taste similar to metal, eggs or generally bad tasting meat, you need to contact your dentist to have an examination. Not all oral infections are uncomfortable so diligence is needed!


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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